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Bacteria self-organize to build working sensors


October 9, 2017

By programming bacteria with a synthetic gene circuit that can recruit gold nanoparticles to the surface of their colony, Duke University researchers can build functional devices. A proof-of-concept study appearing in Nature Biotechnology uses this technique to build dome-shaped pressure sensors with the help of living bacteria. Full Story

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