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Web Date: August 30, 2012

Wiring Up Living Tissue

Sensing: Merging biology and electronics could lead to smart implants and prosthetics
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Biological SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: cyborg, nanoelectronic, engineered tissue

Science and science fiction moved a little closer together with a report that researchers have created so-called cyborg tissue that seamlessly integrates electronics with living cells (Nat. Mater., DOI: 10.1038/nmat3404). The new synthetic biomaterial could be used to probe how cells respond to drugs and might one day lead to smart prosthetics and tissue implants that sense and respond to their biological environment.

In recent years, researchers have developed several examples of flexible and stretchable . . .

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