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Saturday, April 08, 2006
Domesticated Viruses!
Researchers at MIT have engineered a virus so that proteins on its outer coat will bind to cobalt oxide. A paper in the journal Science, reported here describes how the viruses then arrange themselves in a linear fashion forming a wire 6 nanometers in diameter and 800 nanometers in length. With a little gold mixed in, the nanowires can function as conductors in miniature batteries.

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2 Comments on "Domesticated Viruses!"
Fascinating application of biotech - what practical applications will the nanotech batteries produce?

Anonymous Quotidian @ Sat Apr 08, 09:27:00 AM EDT  
Maybe powering those implanted microchips in our brains - did ya see Skepti's post earlier in the week about those?

Anonymous Anonymous @ Sat Apr 08, 11:12:00 AM EDT  
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