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Scientists: Living materials could grow products

Mar 26, 2014, 4:56 AM EDT
Living materials based on bacteria and grown in a Boston lab could point to a greener way of manufacturing.
AFP/DPA/File, Bodo Marks

Living materials based on bacteria and grown in a Boston lab could point to a greener way of manufacturing. In future, complex and interactive structures could be grown using cells programmed to assemble into intricate patterns, the researchers argue. They describe patterned biofilms made from proteins tougher than steel, designed to incorporate semiconducting crystals and electrical wiring.
Background:
Living materials could grow products [BBC]
MIT researchers develop living material using E. coli [Nature World News]

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