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Microscopic Origami

Shoji Takeuchi
of the University of Tokyo, Japan, and colleagues, have taken the art
of origami to new heights. Or technically, new smalls: the team managed
to create microscopic origami folds using tissue cultures:

The team created flat origami designs by cutting thin plastic sheets.
Then they grew cells that crossed the seams of the tiny plates. The
first clips in this video use animal connective tissue cells, which
typically help wounds heal, to make the patterns bend when nudged. But
in later examples, the flexible joints fold automatically when rat heart
cells are used.

The team hopes the process could eventually help create artificial
blood vessels as well as other biological tissue.

New Scientists has the video clip you should watch: Link

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January 2nd, 2013

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