A new dimension of cell growth research

Cell growth has been given another dimension as researchers learn to measure and classify the shapes cells take in different environments.

The close link between cell shape and function has led biologists to construct scaffold systems to support tissue growth. These structures allow cells to take on shapes more akin to those they would have in the body and give biologists the opportunity to compare cell shapes in 3D.

Correct cell shape improves the viability of tissue grown to repair or replace damaged tissue in the body.

Read more at National Institute of Standards and Technology