P18081: Mechanical Bioreactor
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Flexing Cells

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How does flexing affect the cells in your body? Our device, which repeatedly stretches cells, shows how movement causes cells to behave differently and provides a dynamic environment closer to conditions in the body.

Why do we flex cells?

In biology, the cell is commonly defined as the smallest building block making up all living things. There are trillions of cells in our bodies, each performing specific "jobs" to sustain life. So, how do these cells know how and when to act? Our bodies communicate with our cells by utilizing varied stimuli (mechanical, chemical, electrical, etc.) that help to inform our cells how to "behave". Essentially the environment in which the cells develop determine what type of cells they will become and how they will function. With our device, we want to see how the mechanical cues of strain affect the cells' performance in culture.

How do we accomplish this?

What does a flexed cell look like?

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