Size matters: Small force sensors reveal big information

Recently, I wrote a blog in the Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics about my own published review. I would recommend all scientists to find such opportunities (many publishers offer these) for informally describing your own work. After all, you know your work the best!

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Biological cells have a wide range of complex functions, and a number of these are driven by tiny, molecularly generated forces acting within the cell. We asked Dr. Meenakshi Prabhune to talk to us about the latest tools for measuring these tiny forces; read on to find out what she had to say. If you would like to learn more, you can find Dr. Prabhune’s latest review “Molecular force sensors to measure stress in cells“, published recently in JPhysD, available now on IOPscience.

Forces are involved in several processes in cells. Pulling apart the spindle fibers during cell division requires forces, as does pushing the cell forward during migration. Forces acting on the components involved in any process span a large range. For instance, cells play tug-of-war to simply coexist with the neighboring cells in the tissues, exerting hundreds of nanonewtons forces on one another.  If we…

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3 thoughts on “Size matters: Small force sensors reveal big information

  1. Great reading Dr. Minu !!
    How technology has progressed ! Glad to learn the process of measuring motion and stress within cells ,,although it’ seems complicated fr laymen like me!!
    I would’nt be surprised if in future even the cells in humans can be manipulated ,, if not already acheived ¡
    Keep up the good work

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    1. Thank you! Yes, technology is progressing quite fast. Currently, a gene editing technique is being tried out in animals.. maybe in future it might work in humans as therapy. but that’s not very soon 🙂

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