Tiny waves could build livers on a 'liquid template' - tech - 04 July 2014 - New Scientist: After adding a handful of starter pieces, such as silicon chips or small plastic beads, the researchers tuned the generator to various frequencies to create waves in the solution. Depending on their surface chemistry, the added particles spontaneously collected in either the crests or the valleys. Retuning the generator let the team switch between multiple patterns...
He and his colleagues cultured mouse cells and put them in the liquid template. The cells collected into little spheres that became the building blocks of larger geometric patterns. Adding blood clotting proteins to the saline solution locked the cells in place, an approach that the team is now investigating for growing liver tissue.
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