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Delivering microcargo with artificial microtubules

Directed, active transport of cargo is essential for life on all length scales. A new system of artificial microtubules — consisting of a fibre with an embedded periodic array of magnetic inclusions — provides controlled active transport of microcargo by a rotating magnetic field, even under adverse flow conditions.

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Fig. 1: Transport along natural and artificial microtubules.


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Gompper, G. Delivering microcargo with artificial microtubules. Nat Mach Intell 4, 663–664 (2022).

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