NYU Physicists Develop Method to Grow Artificial Tissue
New York University physicists have developed a method that models biological cell-to-cell adhesion that could also have industrial applications.
This system, created in the laboratory of Jasna Brujić, an assistant professor in NYU’s Department of Physics and part of its Center for Soft Matter Research, is an oil-in-water solution whose surface properties reproduce those found on biological cells. Specifically, adhesion between compressed oil droplets mimics the mechanical properties of tissues and opens the path to numerous practical applications, ranging from biocompatible cosmetics to artificial tissue engineering.
Previously, Brujić’s laboratory determined how spheres pack and devised methods for manipulating the packing process. In this PNAS study, Brujić and her research team sought to create a method that would address the role of packing in tissues from the point of view of how mechanical forces affect protein-protein adhesion between cells.
(via NYU physicists devise method for building artificial tissue | KurzweilAI)