Stretching DNA

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Some promising results yesterday with trying to stretch DNA molecules. The molecule is attached between two microspheres, and we are actively moving the smaller sphere while the force acting on the bigger sphere is being measured. The image and video shows the view through a 100x microscope objective on the optical tweezers instrument I am building. Towards the end you can see the construct breaking in two stages, so that probably means there were two molecules of DNA between the beads and not one as intended. This is a control experiment and will hopefully set the stage for bigger and better things to come...

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