Cyborg Cells

nym | 01:05 PM

Cell research is breaking new ground for cybernetics, thanks to the University of Nebraska. Bacteria have been successfully used as a humidity sensor, and aparently still change shape in response to humidity even a month after they die.

Living bacteria have been incorporated into an electronic circuit to produce a sensitive humidity gauge.

The device unites microbe and machine, taking advantage of the properties of both to make for a supersensitive sensor.

"As far as we know, this is the first report of using microorganisms to make an electronic device," says Ravi Saraf, a chemist from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, who developed the 'cellborg' with his student Vikas Berry.

While this is taking the approach of embedding cells in electronics, instead of electronics in humans, it still is a big step forward to merging flesh and technology.

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