Volume 578 Issue 7796



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Tension in tumour cells keeps metabolism high p.517

Tumours are often stiffer than normal tissues and show abnormally fast metabolism of glucose. It emerges that the link between these two traits involves tension in a network of protein filaments in cells.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-020-00314-y

A decade of questions about the fluidity of cell identity p.522

A method for directly converting connective-tissue cells into neurons opened up a new branch of research into cell-based therapies and called into question long-held beliefs about how development affects a cell’s identity.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-020-00479-6