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April 13, 2014 AT 12:00 am

MIT Creates “Living Material” by Fusing Living Cells with Electronics

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Don’t worry, it’s not quite the Borg, but researchers at MIT have managed to combine biology with electronics to produce cells capable of conductivity and light emission. From Dvice:

MIT researchers, led by doctoral candidate Allen Chen, have fused the living and non-living worlds by creating E. coli strands capable of incorporating gold nanoparticles and quantum dots into their colonies. These “living materials” will benefit from both the conductivity and light-emitting properties of their non-living parts and the responsiveness of their bacterial hearts.

The concept is based on naturally-occurring living materials like bone, which incorporates both minerals and living cells. While glowing, conductive bacteria is pretty interesting on its own, the research team believes that its new living circuitry could someday be used in everything from solar cells and diagnostic sensors to self-healing electronics.

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1 Comment

  1. Wow this is incredible, I look forward to the first Raspberry Pi project using the ‘Living Material’.

    PS. The are you human test that you have is the best one I’ve ever seen!

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