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Synthetic Biologists Design 'Living Materials' That Build Themselves

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Science  28 Mar 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6178, pp. 1421
DOI: 10.1126/science.343.6178.1421

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Researchers in Massachusetts reported this week that they engineered bacteria to produce sheetlike biofilms decorated with an electrically conductive gold layer on top. The work opens the door to engineering organisms to create everything from self-healing electrical devices to artificial tissues.