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Nanomotors are controlled, for the first time inside living cells
February 10, 2014
For the first time, a team of chemists and engineers at Penn State University have placed tiny synthetic motors inside live human cells, propelled them with ultrasonic waves and steered them magnetically. This research is a vivid demonstration that it may be possible to use synthetic nanomotors to study cell biology in new ways, such as treating cancer and other diseases.
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