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
SummaryAt 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.