How can you catch the imperceptible movements of ? Current laboratory techniques are not able to film them. Scientists can only imagine them. provides calculation and visualisation methods that are able to predict the theoretical movements of . These programs take into account constraints that derive from a ’s shape, for instance, a little like a cartoon animator who has to imagine how a character moves depending on its morphology and the ground.
When twomove slowly towards one another, contact is made by way of , which also have to move in order to interact. carry specific on their surface that present a small fragment, a little like a signature (red ribbon). When a binds to the “signature” found on the surface of the immune , it sets off an alarm and the cancerous is targeted for destruction.
By studying the shape of a and how it moves, researchers can design that are then able to interact ‘perfectly’ with it. To what end? If a is involved in an illness, for example, such can behave as drugs by preventing the from being active. These methods offer new perspectives in the manufacture of drugs or to fight against illnesses such as , to name one.