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