A new technique that allows us to learn more about the was cells and human tissues organize themselves has begun openning new perspectives to bioengineers, that until very recently would've been unimaginable, in the fields of tumour organization investigation and tissue regeneration.
Harvard - MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST)'s engineers have created a technique that enables them to watch the way cells organize themselves to create tissue, using electricity to move them and a ray of light to pin them to a gel that is similar to living tissue. This method analyses cells in a three-dimensional environment where they behave in a different way than in a two-dimensional one, when observed through a microscope, a traditional Petri disk.
This method allows a precise control over cellular organization and takes only a few minutes to apply, which, compared to the hours and even days their predecessors took, can contribute to unravel the mystery behind Metastasis, which is the spread of cells from from one cancerous organ to another, creating a new tumour elsewhere.
Scientists also believe that in the near future this technique will also contribute to the development of tissue engineering, to create specific tissues for medical use.