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Force of Nature: Defining the Mechanical Mechanisms in Living Cells


July 16, 2012

image showing the molecular forces measured A multidisciplinary team of researchers at Stanford University measured mechanical tension at the nanoscale to explore how living cells produce and detect force. The research could lead to a better understanding of how tissues and tumors form and grow and, ultimately, to how complex living organisms organize themselves. Full Story

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