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Laser Surgery Probe Targets Individual Cancer Cells
June 23, 2008
Mechanical engineering assistant professor Adela Ben-Yakar at the University of Texas at Austin has developed a laser "microscalpel" that destroys a single cell while leaving nearby cells intact, which could improve the precision of surgeries for cancer, epilepsy and other diseases.
University of Texas at Austin
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