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Biological physics: Liquid crystals in living tissue

Charras, G; (2017) Biological physics: Liquid crystals in living tissue. Nature , 544 (7649) pp. 164-165. 10.1038/544164a. Green open access

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Abstract

Evidence has been found that a biological tissue might behave like a liquid crystal. Even more remarkably, topological defects in this liquid-crystal system seem to influence cell behaviour. A materials physicist and a biologist discuss what the findings mean for researchers in their fields.

Type: Article
Title: Biological physics: Liquid crystals in living tissue
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/544164a
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1038/544164a
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Materials science, Biophysics
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > London Centre for Nanotechnology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1555411
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