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Nanowires have cells in their sights

The ability of 'electric tweezers' to guide nanowires coated with biomolecules to specific locations on the surface of individual cells will allow biological processes to be studied in greater detail.

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Figure 1: Time-lapse image showing a gold nanowire being moved by electric tweezers from its starting position at the bottom left of the frame to a cell at the top.


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Hilmer, A., Strano, M. Nanowires have cells in their sights. Nature Nanotech 5, 481–482 (2010).

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