Corrupted, cancerous cells have a different texture than healthy cells. They are softer and more malleable, or as UCLA’s Amy Rowat puts it, more “squishy.” How do you study the texture of something so small? By building tiny instruments, of course.
The GIFs above are illustrations of three devices created to poke, squeeze and inspect cells (based on drawings by the researcher).
From the video: The Squishiness of Cancer Cells →