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CELL BIOPHYSICS

Ruffled in water, smooth in honey

Cells can sense the mechanical properties of their environment. By adjusting the ruffling of their membranes, cells respond to different viscosities of their surrounding liquid medium.

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Fig. 1: Model of ruffle-mediated sensing of medium viscosity.

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Faure, L.M., Roca-Cusachs, P. Ruffled in water, smooth in honey. Nat. Phys. 18, 966–967 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-022-01664-2

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