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Bright future for optical tweezers

Funded under: FP6-NEST


Optical tweezers are tightly focused laser beams used to grasp and manipulate tiny objects such as single cells. In this ambitious NEST project, scientists from seven countries will extend tweezer technology to allow particles as small as molecules to be trapped, sorted, transported and even assembled into artificial crystals. In particular, these techniques will have applications in microfluidics, the technology which allows biochemical tests to be done with minute quantities of fluid - the so-called 'lab on a chip'.

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