Force-Induced Rupture of RBCs Using Optical Tweezers from JPK Instruments

This video shows the rupture of red blood cell (RBC) using optical tweezers from JPK Instruments. A RBC is captured between two traps, 'Force Spectroscopy' mode of the NanoTracker optical tweezers are used to tear the cell into two parts.

During this process the distance of elongation is steadily increased, and at the end stiffness of the trap is also increased leading to the rupture of the red blood cell.

Run Time – 1:15min

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