In conclusion, Raman tweezers is an extremely powerful analytical tool that provides biologists with a fingerprint of the agent they are studying and whose immense future applications are only now being fully understood. It is up to virologists, however, to realize the full scope and magnitude of these applications and to press for the development of this seemingly unrelated technology in virology.
The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests.
SMA conceived the idea, designed the outline, coordinated the project, and helped to draft this review. PJL, AGW, and OFD collected intellectual materials towards different sections of the review. In addition, PJL was instrumental in writing the first draft. All authors read and approved the final version of the manuscript.