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Scientists Put Motors Inside Cells

10 February 2014 2:30 pm
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Cell containing several gold nanomotors. Arrows indicate the trajectories of the nanomotors, and the solid white line shows propulsion.

EurkeAlert! Press Release/Mallouk lab, Penn State University

Cell containing several gold nanomotors. Arrows indicate the trajectories of the nanomotors, and the solid white line shows propulsion.

For the first time, scientists were able to control teeny-tiny nanomotors placed inside of living cells, getting the motors to rev up, move around, and spin within the cells’ walls. The devices, powered by ultrasonic waves, were put inside a line of human cervical cancer cells, according to a paper published today in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. The researchers believe that the findings could pave the way for cell manipulation by eventually having the motors conduct “surgery” on cells.

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