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Optical tweezers study life under tension

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Optical tweezers have become one of the primary weapons in the arsenal of biophysicists, and have revolutionized the new field of single-molecule biophysics. Today's techniques allow high-resolution experiments on biological macromolecules that were mere pipe dreams only a decade ago.

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S.M.B. acknowledges support from grant GM51453 from the National Institutes of Health.

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  1. Furqan M. Fazal is at the Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305, USA.

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  2. Steven M. Block is at the Department of Applied Physics and the Department of Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305, USA.

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