Infographic: High Precision Magnetic Tweezers
Infographic: High Precision Magnetic Tweezers

Infographic: High Precision Magnetic Tweezers

Microscope-mounted magnets with computerized feedback control allow precision manipulations of intracellular objects.

Ruth Williams
Ruth Williams
Jun 1, 2019

To learn about cells’ workings by physically manipulating their contents, scientists devised a new form of magnetic tweezers. The system consists of magnets mounted on a microscope, which researchers use to control a tiny metallic bead with enough force to prod organelles.

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