Researchers Influence Flow of Cells with Electricity

University of California Berkeley researchers have demonstrated that the flow of cells into formations can be controlled by an electrical current. The researchers were able to direct the cells into the shape of the University’s mascot, a bear.

The process of moving cells using electricity is called galvanotaxis and previously has only been used to control individual cells. The team used epithelial cells and applied an electrical current of five volts every centimeter of the cell layer. The cells were able to be influenced to move in keeping with the e-field produced by the current.

Read how this study could bring advancement in medical practices.