October 9, 2014

Nanoparticles get a magnetic handle

New method produces particles that can glow with color-coded light and be manipulated with magnets.

A long-sought goal of creating particles that can emit a colorful fluorescent glow in a biological environment, and that could be precisely manipulated into position within living cells, has been achieved by a team of researchers at MIT and several other institutions. The finding is reported this week in the journal Nature Communications.