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New Technique Weighs Single Living Cells
April 25, 2007
For the first time, researchers have found a way to measure the mass of single cells with high accuracy. The new technique could allow researchers to develop inexpensive, portable diagnostic devices and might also offer a unique glimpse into how cells change as they undergo cell division.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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