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Manipulating a single microtubule by light

A cell is basically a miniature factory, which contains a large number of dedicated protein machines to perform various mechanical functions. For example kinesin is a linear motor protein which transport cargos such as organelles, chromosomes and

Understanding how light fueled molecular motors induce motion in the surrounding medium

Similarly to their macroscopic counterparts, molecular motors can be defined as extremely small motors, that provided with a source of fuel perform mechanical work. The key is in the large scale difference: the motor is represented by