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Tester to Measure the Tensile Properties of Embryonic Epithelia

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Colin Wiebe, G. Wayne Brodland

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Paper No. IMECE2003-41133, pp. 251-252; 2 pages
  • ASME 2003 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Advances in Bioengineering
  • Washington, DC, USA, November 15–21, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3710-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-4663-6, 0-7918-4664-4, 0-7918-4665-2
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


Described here is a novel tissue tester that can measure the tensile properties of monolayer embryonic epithelia specimens as small as 0.5mm by 0.3mm, something that had not been possible previously. The instrument is used to determine the uniaxial stress-strain characteristics of epithelium from early-stage embryos of the axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum), a type of amphibian.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME



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