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Device Draws Cells Close--But Not Too Close--Together

April 4, 2007

News thumbnail of cells on plates A new device arranges cells so that they touch, remain completely separated, or come close but do not touch. Because the close-but-not-touching arrangement had been impossible to control, the new mechanism may allow biologists to perform experiments in cell signaling that were previously out of reach. Full Story

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