Research news

Cell collisions reveal a new type of wave

Researchers at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) have observed, for the first time, mechanical waves that form after collisions between cellular tissues.

After a collision, cells are pushed and deformed into waves that travel at a speed of three millimeters a day. This unexpected behavior defies what we know about cellular dynamics, and could be relevant to understand embryonic development or metastasis.

Mechanical waves – such as seismic waves, sound, or waves in the sea – are a phenomenon easily explained by the laws of physics: when two particles collide, a wave travels through the surrounding material.

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IBEC to represent Catalonia in EC’s Smart Specialisation Platform

IBEC is to be the official representative of Catalonia in the European Commission’s Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation (S3P-Industry) in the area of Medical Technology.

S3P-Industry, which was launched in 2016, is one of three Smart Specialisation Platforms created by the EC to help regions develop or share infrastructures such as testing facilities, pilot plants or data centres, with the ultimate goal of fostering interregional cooperation in specialist areas and creating an investment pipeline of mature projects.

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