Enhanced Humans

Lasers quickly load thousands of cells with nano-sized cargo

Matthew LincolnApril 12th 2015
  • The concentrated light heats up the titanium coating on a chip until it boils water surrounding the target cells, creating fissures that let the cargo inside.
  • It only takes 10 seconds for the laser to process an entire chip’s worth of cells, and researchers estimate that they could fill a whopping 100,000 cells per minute.
  • That newfound scale should allow for studies that weren’t possible before, such as stuffing cells with mitochondria (the “powerplant” of a cell) to see how mutant genes trigger diseases, and whether it could also bring antibodies and nanoparticles to fight illnesses.

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