Researchers find ‘interactions’ between cancer cells and their environment

New research indicates that there are interactions between an animal cell and its surrounding environment within a fibrous network called the extracellular matrix, and that in turn plays a vital role in how cells function, including migration and growth.

However, as Medical Xpress reports, scientists don’t yet fully understand the mechanical forces that govern such interactions.The site noted that a multidisciplinary team of engineers from Cornell University and colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania have come up with a way to measure the force a cell – in this instance a breast cancer cell – exerts on its fibrous surroundings.

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