KSENIYA SHUTURMINSKA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY KSENIYA SHUTURMINSKA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a pancreatic cancer cell that has been grown in an organic 3D environment in a laboratory. The organic matrix on which this cancer was grown, resembles the natural extracellular matrix (ECM) of cancer. The ECM is a network of macromolecules that plays a role in regulating cell behaviour. In cancer the ECM becomes disorganised. Mimicking the cancer's natural environment can help study the disease's progression and the efficacy of treatments.
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