Magnetic soft robotics to manipulate the extracellular matrix in vitro

Cell. 2023 Nov 9;186(23):4992-4993. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2023.10.011. Epub 2023 Oct 31.


The importance of dynamic mechanical control over the cellular microenvironment has long been appreciated. In a recent issue of Device, Raman and colleagues design a clever yet generalizable tool to achieve this, illustrating magnetic stimulation of an engineered extracellular matrix to induce muscle fiber alignment toward programmed functioning.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Extracellular Matrix
  • Magnetic Phenomena
  • Robotics*
  • Tissue Engineering*