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August 29th, 2006

Bacteria put new spin on micromotors

Abstract:
Japanese researchers have used motile bacteria to rotate a microscopic motor made from silicon. The team believes that their system – fuelled by glucose – is the first micromechanical device to integrate inorganic materials with living bacteria.

The researchers suggest that using whole cells in this way can avoid some of the complications that arise when other biological systems are used to drive micro- or nanomechanical devices – such as isolated proteins – and that genetic engineering of the microbes offers a way of improving the efficiency of such devices.

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