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Electrical Nanowires Probe Individual Cells

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Photo of researchers Bret Flanders and Prem Thapa in their laboratory at Kansas State University.

Bret Flanders and Prem Thapa in their laboratory at Kansas State University. Flanders adjusts a function generator to control a wire's growth-velocity while Thapa observes. The NSF-funded researchers have developed a technique to grow nanowires at exact diameters to probe living cells. Probing cells with electrical current will help scientists understand normal biological processes such as wound healing and abnormal processes such as cardiac hypertrophy and cystic fibrosis, which result when normal current flow across a cell membrane is compromised.

Credit: David Mayes, Kansas State University


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