Scientists Create Living Cells That Can Shoot Lasers

cyclopsNo, the above is not an exaggeration. I’m fine with nixing flying hovercars so long as we get this. Discovery writes:

The researchers report that they were able to create bright laser pulses that lasted a few nanoseconds with a single cell. Amazingly the cells were not damaged during the production of the laser light but were able to withstand hundreds of pulses.

The project took place at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine in Massachusetts. The key to this breakthrough involved the use of the widely studied protein known as green fluorescent protein. This protein, which was first discovered in jellyfish, has (as the name implies) the property of generating light.

Although there are no immediate plans to use this technology, the erosion of the barrier between optical technologies and biology could open many doors in therapy and research.

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  • Haystack

    “Although there are no immediate plans to use this technology, the erosion of the barrier between optical technologies and biology could open many doors in therapy and research.”

    Just once I want a story like this to end with “…leading directly to the manufacture of new man-dog telepathy helmets, now available for $39.99 at your local department sore,” or “…at last making delicious, chewable anti-aging pills a reality.” 

  • Haystack

    “Although there are no immediate plans to use this technology, the erosion of the barrier between optical technologies and biology could open many doors in therapy and research.”

    Just once I want a story like this to end with “…leading directly to the manufacture of new man-dog telepathy helmets, now available for $39.99 at your local department sore,” or “…at last making delicious, chewable anti-aging pills a reality.” 

    • JoiquimCouteau

      They have to say that, otherwise the grant money will stop flowing in. Just look at HIV/AIDS.

    • Yage

      There were no initial plans when the first laser was created.  They created the technology and application ideas (blue ray, laser printing, eye surgery, etc.) came along with time.  

  • Anonymous

    They have to say that, otherwise the grant money will stop flowing in. Just look at HIV/AIDS.

  • Vic Bramble

    I always thought cyclops was one of the more improbable x-men. I guess I was wrong.

  • Vic Bramble

    I always thought cyclops was one of the more improbable x-men. I guess I was wrong.

  • Vic Bramble

    I always thought cyclops was one of the more improbable x-men. I guess I was wrong.

    • http://strictlyapathy.comoj.com/ SoulArbiter

      We both were…

      What has science done?

      • guest

        Something cool!

  • KxBk6U

    WTF   I am totally speechless

  • KxBk6U

    WTF   I am totally speechless

  • Marc

    friggin’ laser beams!

  • Marc

    friggin’ laser beams!

  • http://strictlyapathy.comoj.com SoulArbiter

    We both were…

    What has science done?

  • guest

    Something cool!

  • Anarchy Pony

    Sweet, now I can get a shark with frikkin’ laser beams.

    • guest

      I was thinking ‘giraffe’, just to stir things up…..

  • Anarchy Wolf

    Sweet, now I can get a shark with frikkin’ laser beams.

  • Yage

    There were no initial plans when the first laser was created.  They created the technology and application ideas (blue ray, laser printing, eye surgery, etc.) came along with time.  

  • A-Dawg

    I was wondering why i was the only one that could do this

  • A-Dawg

    I was wondering why i was the only one that could do this

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  • guest

    I was thinking ‘giraffe’, just to stir things up…..

  • guest

    I was thinking ‘giraffe’, just to stir things up…..

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