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March 9th, 2006

Self-Illuminating Quantum Dots

Abstract:
An important limitation in the use of quantum dots for in vivo imaging applications has been the need to shine a light directly on them in order to detect where they have gone in the body. Now, however, researchers at Stanford University’s Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence have developed a quantum dot-protein conjugate that generates its own light on the spot. This new self-illuminating quantum dot not only eliminates the need for an external light source, but also increases the sensitivity of in vivo imaging applications.

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