Issue Date: July 21, 2008
From Diseases To Devices
IMAGINE ONE DAY placing a call on a cellular phone made with a plastic that contains disease-causing proteins.
Misfolded protein aggregates called amyloid fibrils are the proverbial bad guys implicated in such illnesses as diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease). Because of their close association with disease, these clumps of insoluble proteins generally fall into the realm of biomedical research.
But the greater-than-steel strength of amyloid fibrils—combined with their flexibility, versatility, . . .
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