Microscopic pyramids for living cells

2 Dec 2012

Researchers from University of Twente in Netherlands made a little microscopic zoo for a living cell.

This photograph looks more like an alien artifact, however it’s just a 3D pyramid-shaped cage, that separates a living cell, for it’s better observation in something closer to its natural environment.

Researchers from the University of Twente in the Netherlands made a little microscopic zoo by depositing nitrides over silicon pits, that makes them look like a pyramid. Although cells are apart, the holes in the sides of pyramids provide them with rather natural interaction. The 3D surface is mimicking how cells act in actual tissues and creates a better inspecting surface than the usual flat plane of a Petri dish.