Elasticity of cells from in vitro measurements

6 May 2005

David Weitz
Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Department of Physics
Harvard University


The talk will discuss a very simple in vitro model system that apparently reproduces the elastic behavior of living cells. The behavior of the in vitro system has implications for the nature of the elastic properties of cells.


M T Valentine, Z E Perlman, T J Mitchison, D A Weitz, "Mechanical properties of Xenopus egg cytoplasmic extracts", Biophysical Journal, 88:680-89, 2005. PubMed PDF

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