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
How do we accomplish this?
What does a flexed cell look like?
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