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Laser is produced by a living cell

June 14, 2011 | Comment icon 7 comments

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A new method of creating laser light from a single cell may help improve light-based therapies.
A cell able to produce a light-emitting protein from a species of glowing jellyfish is first engineered, then flooded with blue light causing the resulting cells to emit a directed beam of green laser light.
A single living cell has been coaxed into producing laser light, researchers report in Nature Photonics. The technique starts by engineering a cell that can produce a light-emitting protein that was first obtained from glowing jellyfish. Flooding the resulting cells with weak blue light causes them to emit directed, green laser light. The work may have applications in improved microscope imaging and light-based therapies.

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Comment icon #1 Posted by SolarPlexus 11 years ago
hmmm very interesting
Comment icon #2 Posted by quillius 11 years ago
A single living cell has been coaxed into producing laser light, researchers report in Nature Photonics. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13725719 http://www.nature.com/nphoton/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nphoton.2011.99.html nice post, thanks, it really is fascinating.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Persia 11 years ago
How Physicists Built the First Living Laser http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/health/genetics/how-physicists-built-the-first-living-laser?src=rss
Comment icon #4 Posted by xXHellkittiesXx 11 years ago
Its too bad more animals didn't have bioluminescence, what a magic world this would be.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Taut 11 years ago
This paves the way for bioluminescent tatoos. Can you imagine? Everyone wandering around glowing in colors. Wow!
Comment icon #6 Posted by xXHellkittiesXx 11 years ago
@ Taut: We'll have to look at the Japanese for that kind of invention, lol.
Comment icon #7 Posted by War-Junkie 11 years ago
The article says the bio laser can heal itself. What if they started developing building material out of cells? they could just create bigger and stronger cells and grow them to fit the given dimensions. Imagine buildings that can heal themselves

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