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Table 1 Raman tweezers is compared to other analytical techniques in terms of their time and sample processing requirements.

From: Raman spectroscopy: the gateway into tomorrow's virology

  Experimental techniques
Steps involved in processing cells Raman tweezers Western blotting Northern blotting Southern blotting IFA Flow cytometry
Washing - + + + + +
Lysing - + + + + +
Protein estimation - + - - - -
DNA/RNA estimation - - + + - -
Hybridization - + + + + +
Time 5 min 1–2 days 2 days 2 days 3–4 h 3–4 h