Emory University scientists have developed mammalian cells that produce magnetic nanoparticles to aid medical researchers in tracking cells, reports MIT's Tech Review. The scientists took a gene from pond bacteria that use small magnetic particles as a sort of compass and inserted it into mouse cells which then produced their own magnetic nanoparticles. When those mouse cells were inserted into a live mouse's brain, the cells could easily be seen on an MRI.

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