December 1, 2012

Microscopic pyramids can cage living cells

Filed under: Science by Branko Collin @ 3:37 pm

Researchers at the University of Twente have developed a way of trapping cells in microscopic pyramids.

According to the university, these pyramids allow the study of cells in a three dimensional environment. “Compounds and protein-like deposits were soon seen forming between cells in nearby pyramids. Changes in cell phenotype can therefore be studied better than in a flat plane, as this is the right way to grow cells. This yields a promising tool for research into such things as tissue regeneration.”

Building microscopic silicone pyramids was accidentally discovered. The technology can also be used to make microscopic writing utensils.

(Link: New Scientist. Photo of a macroscopic pyramid by Wilhelm Joys Andersen, some rights reserved.)

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