VIDEO: Implantable 'biological lasers' inside a cell could help with medical treatment and diagnosis

07/30/2015 - 14:34

Modern medicine is overflowing with futuristic concepts, but even so, the notion of embedding lasers into living cells is a whole new level of mind-boggling. But cellular microlasers are very much a reality, according to a paper published today in Nature Photonics, written by physicists Matjaž Humar and Seok-Hyun Yun of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine.

Yun was part of the team that introduced the first “living laser” back in 2011, which was created by hacking a cell with bioluminescent DNA, placing it between two mirrors, and blasting it with pulses of light.


Intracellular microlasers. Nature Photonics (2015) | DOI:10.1038/nphoton.2015.129