Chapter 4

Control of magnetotactic bacteria

Islam S.M. Khalil; Sarthak Misra    The German University in Cairo, New Cairo City, EgyptUniversity of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands


Magnetotactic bacteria hold promise in targeted therapy and nano-medicine. Their size, motility, and magnetic properties would enable directional control towards diseased cells and deep seated regions within the human body. In this chapter, we review culturing methods of Magnetospirillum Magnetotacticum Strain MS-1 and M. magneticum Strain AMB-1 and characterize their magnetic properties. We also present the directional control of magnetotactic bacteria using external magnetic fields and discuss some of their potential applications in nano-medicine. ...

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