NanoManipulator Lets Chemists Go Mano a Mano With Molecules

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Science  24 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5496, pp. 1530
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5496.1530

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Because objects only a few molecules across are too small to be seen or touched directly, scientists approach them essentially blind and numb. Now a team of physicists, chemists, biologists, and computer scientists at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has developed a tool that restores their eyes and fingers. It's called the nanoManipulator.