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To buckle or not to buckle

Epithelial layers under compression avoid buckling by active contraction, but only up to a well-defined threshold at 35% strain, beyond which buckling occurs.

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Fig. 1: A technique for applying either tensile or compressive strain onto epithelial monolayers.
Fig. 2: Changes in the planarity of epithelial monolayers undergoing compressive strain.


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Schwarz, U.S. To buckle or not to buckle. Nat. Mater. 19, 8–9 (2020).

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