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Cellular Behaviours: Andrew Pelling at TedxUOttawa

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Published on Oct 18, 2012

"In this talk I will discuss our work in understanding how physical cues in the microenvironment can be used to direct and manipulate cellular behaviors and functions in surprising ways. The Pelling Lab comprises a group of multi-disciplinary scientists and engineers focused on the manipulation of life with artificial physical stimuli and artificial microenvironments. I will discuss our scientific activities which involve manipulations of various magnitudes, including our work on physically touching cells and monitoring their responses, the growth of cells onto bio-incompatible substrates with no relationship to any natural micro-environment, the growing of human-jellyfish hybrid 'skins' onto LEGO mini-figures, and 'organ-hacking' (the re-purposing/re-culturing of tissues and organs for non-biological means). The Pelling Lab is a curiosity driven environment generally interested in finding the limits of normal biological function and pushing beyond them to create something new."

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