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Ambarish Ganesh
Ambarish Ganesh • Jun 2, 2012

Artificial Tissue Developed By NYU Physicists For Industrial Applications

A technique developed by Jasna Bruji?, assistant Professor at NYU's Physics Department, imitates biological cell-to-cell adhesion that may even have industrial implementations. This system is an oil-in-water solution whose surface attributes are similar to those of biological cells.
This adhesive property of the compressed oil droplets is same as the biological tissue, and this similarity could lead to the development of various bio-compatible cosmetics and could be revolutionary in the field of artificial tissue engineering. Keeping in mind the protein-protein adhesion of cells and the cell-to-cell adhesion of tissues in mind, the team came up biomimetic solution, or emulsion, that has the required adhesive properties. With varying the forces applied and quantity of salt added in the solution, the team was successful in isolating the optimal condition for cell-to-cell adhesion. The salt screened the electrostatic charges, and along with compression, it lead to adhesion between interacting droplets, just like in biological tissues.

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