Volume 91 Issue 31 | p. 11 | News of The Week
Issue Date: August 5, 2013

Taking A Cell’s Temperature

Thermometry: Method that senses nanoscale heat changes is key to understanding biological systems
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE, Analytical SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: nanothermometer, nitrogen vacancy center, living cells

Nanoscale thermometry has untold possible uses for biology, from basic research on how heat flows in living systems to controlling gene expression with temperature. Researchers use a number of techniques for biological thermal sensing, including Raman spectroscopy and detection of fluorescing proteins. But all have problems, such as low sensitivity or the inability to make highly localized measurements.

Now, a group led by physics professor Mikhail D. Lukin and chemistry professor

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