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The mechanical forces produced by the body's cells play a fundamental role in the functioning of the organs. These forces influence the shape, movement, division and differentiation of cells. In addition, they put the tissues under tension and thus control their shape and growth. The mechanism by which forces are generated and distributed at the entire cell-level remains unknown.
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