iPSC differentiation controlled by terahertz pulses

Written by Harriet Wall

Researchers from Kyoto University’s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS; Japan) and Tokai University (Tokyo, Japan) have developed a novel tool that uses pulses of terahertz light to alter gene expression in stem cells – paving a new avenue for the development of stem cell research and regenerative therapy. Their research was recently published in the journal Optics Letters. Whilst microwaves and infrared radiation are used in many aspects of our day-to-day lives, terahertz waves, which fall in between the two in the electromagnetic spectrum, are only just beginning to be investigated. It is thought that terahertz waves have the...

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