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  • Physical force alone spurs gene expression, study reveals

    Researchers, including, from left, Ning Wang, a professor of mechanical science and engineering; postdoctoral fellow Jian Sun; and doctoral student Erfan Mohagheghian discovered that mechanical forces on cells can boost gene expression in the nucleus.

    Researchers, including, from left, Ning Wang, a professor of mechanical science and engineering; postdoctoral fellow Jian Sun; and doctoral student Erfan Mohagheghian discovered that mechanical forces on cells can boost gene expression in the nucleus.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • Editor’s notes

    To reach Ning Wang, call 217-265-0913; email nwangrw@illinois.edu.  

    The paper “Force-induced gene upregulation does not follow the weak power law but depends on H3K9 demethylation” is available to members of the media from vancepak@aaas.org.