Nanostructures as tailored biological probes

T. Andrew Taton

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A new generation of spectroscopic dyes is gradually becoming available to biological researchers, from an unexpected source: materials chemists who study the synthesis and properties of nano-sized inorganic objects. Research into tailoring the optical properties, surface chemistry and biocompatibility of metallic and semiconductor nanoparticles, exemplified in part by a recent report by Mirkin, Schatz and coworkers, is fulfilling the promise of these nanostructures as customizable substitutes for organic molecular probes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-279
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in biotechnology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2002
Externally publishedYes


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