New bacteria can spin highly conductive wires

September 23rd, 2016

Thin and tough “biowires” offer an inexpensive and eco-friendly conductive material. Scientists at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst have reported that they have genetically designed a new strain of bacteria that spins out extremely thin and highly conductive wires made up solely of non-toxic, natural amino acids. Researchers led by microbiologist Derek Lovley say the wires, […]

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