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Magnets tackle kinetic questions

Interactions between biomolecules can be probed with the help of technology that was developed for reading data stored on magnetic disk drives.

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Figure 1: The read heads for most hard drives (centre) rely on GMR wires that contain alternating layers of magnetic and non-magnetic materials (right).


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Mulvaney, S. Magnets tackle kinetic questions. Nature Nanotech 6, 266–267 (2011).

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