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Liquid micro-motors: the power of non-muscular cells
By coupling experimental and numerical approaches, researchers from the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Physics and their colleagues from Paris have recently elucidated the mechanisms by which a cell adapts its shape and regulates its traction forces to a substrate's stiffness (read more).
Image caption: Transmission microscopy image of a single cell adhering between two parallel microplates. The upper microplate is used as a nanonewton meter to measure the cell’s traction.
PI: Jocelyn Etienne
Ref: Etienne et al. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 17 February 2015 early edition
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