Engineers and neuroscientists put four touch-sensitive, electrically responsive proteins to the test

It’s a well-established fact that every cell in your body responds to physical touch. They don’t all react in exactly the same way—a cell in your spleen won’t jump like a frightened cat if it gets poked by a needle. But throughout the human body, the physical materials and structures that envelop and support cells as they grow and go about their daily tasks play a large role in their health and behavior.

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