Have you ever heard of an endocycle? Endocycles are happening all around you! They're one way that biological cells grow, and they generate more than half the earth's biomass. But how exactly endocycles work has been elusive to scientists until now.
Every day, the cells in your body are dividing like crazy - sometimes too much, which is the definition of cancer. Here you can see breast cancer cells in action, multiplying into what could become a tumorous growth.
Every time one of your cells divides, it literally rips its own chromosomes apart. That's what you're seeing in this color-enhanced image by Patricia Wadsworth, which won a prize in the BioScapes digital imaging contest earlier this month. All the stretchy yellow lines are your chromosomes, currently being yanked…