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April 19th, 2005
Trapped cells make micromotors
Researchers from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in India have showed that it is possible to make live Chlamydomonas reinhardtii cells rotate while pinned in a laser trap. The energy of a light beam can be used to manipulate and trap cells much like the way wind moves objects a larger scale.
The ultimate goal is to design controllable motored nanomachines, according to the researchers.
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
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