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The force is strong within us: New study explores cell mechanics at work

June 18, 2018

It’s a remarkable choreography. In each of our bodies, more than 37 trillion cells tightly coordinate with other cells to organize into the numerous tissues and organs that make us tick. Within our bodies, cells are subjected to all sorts of environments and forces over a lifespan, calling for methods to quantify mechanical properties of cells and tissues.  “A few years ago, the NCI initiated this challenge within the framework of the Physical Sciences in Oncology (PSOC) Network,...

Scientists report cancer cell properties that contribute to metastasis

April 29, 2013

A team of student researchers and their professors from 20 laboratories around the country have gotten a new view of cancer cells. The work could shed light on the transforming physical properties of these cells as they metastasize, said Jack R. Staunton, a Ph.D. candidate at Arizona State University in the lab of Prof. Robert Ros, and the lead author of a paper reporting on the topic. Metastasis is a critical step in the progression of cancer. It is when the cancer spreads from one organ or...

Soft cell: New research into the physics of cancer

April 29, 2010

In a recent poster presentation, Rory Staunton of Arizona State University and his colleagues compare the physiology of normal and cancerous cells, observing intriguing distinctions that may be used to improve diagnosis and treatment of deadly disease. The poster was presented on April 5th, for the Physical Sciences-Oncology Center’s Network Investigators Meeting, held in National Harbor, Maryland. Staunton’s effort was subsequently rewarded by judges at the conference and selected as...