Compression offers new way to get macromolecules into cells

By treating living cells like tiny absorbent sponges, researchers have developed a potentially new way to introduce molecules and therapeutic genes into human cells. The technique first compresses cells in a microfluidic device by rapidly flowing them through a series of tiny "speed bumps" built into the micro-channels, which compresses out small amounts of fluid. When the cells refill themselves, they bring in the macromolecules or genes.

Provided by Georgia Tech

Runtime: 0:43

Get Science360's video of the day in your mailbox each weekday.

Sign up now!