Trapped cells make micromotors

April 20, 2005 | Source: Technology Research News

Researchers from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in India have showed that it is possible to make live Chlamydomonas reinhardtii cells rotate while pinned in a laser trap.

The energy of a light beam can be used to manipulate and trap cells much like the way wind moves objects at a larger scale.

The ultimate goal is to design controllable motored nanomachines.