Research report 2019 - Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

Liquid-like tissue behavior - a key principle for the formation of structure

Fratzl, Peter; Dunlop, John

Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung, Potsdam-Golm
At the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam we were able to show that growing bone tissue behaves like a viscous liquid on long time scales, thereby taking shapes with minimal surface area. This cell behavior determines the shape of the tissue when it grows on a scaffold. These findings could have far-reaching importance in terms of understanding healing processes and organ development but also for medical applications such as the development of implants.

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