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  • Light targets cells for death and triggers immune response with laser precision

    Two men look at cell images on a screen

    University of Illinois professor Kai Zhang, left, and graduate student Teak-Jung Oh developed a method to precisely target cells for inflammatory cell death using light. The ability to precisely initiate this process in a small area is important for cancer and other diseases.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s noteTo reach Kai Zhang, email

    The paper, “Spatiotemporal control of inflammatory lytic cell death through optogenetic induction of RIPK3 oligomerization,” is available onlineDOI: 10.1016/j.jmb.2024.168628

    The National Institutes of Health supported this work through grants R01GM132438 and R01MH124827.