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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Building nanomachines out of living bacteria

Live bacteria could one day act as reconfigurable components for nanoscale electronic circuits, or even a scaffold for building nanomachines. "Nature has developed these fantastic building blocks," says Robert Hamers of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Our approach is to simply grab onto them very gently." His team have been using electrodes to manipulate individual bacterial cells. more @