Want Muscles? Just Add Noodles!

Research Paper Title

Hydrogel Fibers: Chinese-Noodle-Inspired Muscle Myofiber Fabrication.


The researchers successfully fabricated cell-laden hydrogel fibers using a simple, facile, high-throughput, and mechanical-based method, inspired by fabrication process of Chinese noodles.

Muscle myotubes are generated in 3D hydrogel fibers under mechanical strain. Such an approach holds the potential to create functional tissue constructs and help in understand the mechanobiological responses of cells in 3D.

Brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘noodle arms,’ i.e. a man  who doesn’t have muscular arms/or has very slim arms.


Li, Y., Poon, C.T., Li, M., Lu, T.J., Murphy-Pingguan, B. & Xu, F. (2015) Hydrogel Fibers: Chinese-Noodle-Inspired Muscle Myofiber Fabrication. Advanced Functional Materials. 25(37), pp.6020. Article first published online: 1 OCT 2015. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201570248.


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