Volume 95 Issue 41 | p. 5 | News of The Week
Issue Date: October 16, 2017

Engineered bacteria build microstructures on their own

Microbe-built domes coated with gold nanoparticles can serve as simple pressure sensors
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: Synthetic biology, self-assembly, engineered bacteria, sensors, gold nanoparticles

Inside the genomes of mollusks sit instructions on how to build their shells. Synthetic biologists want to learn how to write such genetic instructions so they can program cells to construct novel inorganic structures for devices such as biosensors and self-healing electronics.

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