Decades-old mystery solved of how cells keep from bursting

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A team led by scientists has identified a long-sought protein that facilitates one of the most basic functions of cells: regulating their volume to keep from swelling excessively. The identification of the protein, dubbed SWELL1, solves a decades-long mystery of cell biology and points to further discoveries about its roles in health and disease -- including a serious immune deficiency that appears to result from its improper function.