Asymmetric intracellular signals enable cells to migrate in response to external cues. The multiprotein WAVE (also known as SCAR or WASF) complex activates the actin-nucleating Arp2/3 complex [1-4] and localizes to propagating "waves," which direct actin assembly during neutrophil migration [5, 6]. Here, we observe similar WAVE complex dynamics in other… (More)
How cells generate a single axis of polarity for mating, division, and movement is unknown. In this issue, Howell et al. (2009) use a synthetic biology approach to demonstrate that rapid competition for a soluble signaling component (Bem1) is essential to ensure a unique axis of polarity in budding yeast.