Light forces the pace: Optical manipulation for Biophotonics

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The Biomedical Sciences have benefited immensely from photonics technologies in the last fifty years. This includes the application of minute forces that enable the trapping and manipulation of cells and single molecules. In terms of the area of biophotonics, optical manipulation has made a seminal contribution to our understanding of the dynamics of single molecules and the microrheology of cells. Here we present a review of optical manipulation, emphasising its impact upon the areas of single molecule studies and cell biology, and indicating some of the key experiments in the fields.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)041503 1-21
JournalJournal of Biomedical Optics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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