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Fast, noninvasive technique for probing cells may reveal disease

20:00 EDT 2 Aug 2017 | AAAS

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) MIT engineers have devised a way to assess a cell's mechanical properties simply by observation. The researchers use standard confocal microscopy to zero in on the constant, jiggling motions of a cell's particles -- telltale movements that can be used to decipher a cell's stiffness. Unlike optical tweezers, the team's technique is noninvasive, running little risk of altering or damaging a cell while probing its contents.

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