(University of Pittsburgh) Mucus production is essential to health, and an imbalance can be life-threatening. Doctors and medical researchers have long sought the origins of goblet cells and have been eager to control processes that regenerate them and maintain balanced populations. Pitt bioengineer Lance Davidson published an article in Nature Communications that reveals that tissue mechanics can drive the regeneration of mucus-producing goblet cells on the outside surface of frog embryonic organoids.

Original source: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uop-gsu012920.php