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By Marla Vacek Broadfoot, 11:00 AM May 30, 2014

Tiny footlike protrusions that enable a cell to invade neighboring tissues. Scientists first discovered these “invasive feet” popping up on highly metastatic cancer cells grown in the laboratory (shown, yellow). It was thought that invadopodia might help cancer cells burrow into other tissues and eventually spread throughout the body. Despite more than a decade of research on these structures, only recently have invadopodia been found in live animals. A study in C. elegans worms published las...

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