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Nat Photonics. 2011 May 31;5:318-321.

Optical tweezers study life under tension.

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Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305, USA.


Optical tweezers have become one of the primary weapons in the arsenal of biophysicists, and have revolutionized the new field of single-molecule biophysics. Today's techniques allow high-resolution experiments on biological macromolecules that were mere pipe dreams only a decade ago.

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