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Bubble wrap of cell-like aggregates

Using a microfluidic device, tiny polymeric capsules have been made in which different compounds can be isolated in separate, membrane-bound compartments — a prerequisite for the development of artificial cell aggregates.

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Figure 1: The synthesis of polymeric cell-like aggregates.


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Harada, T., Discher, D. Bubble wrap of cell-like aggregates. Nature 471, 172–173 (2011).

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