Bacteria Could Grow Futuristic ‘Self-Healing’ Materials

Ahmad Khalil, College of Engineering

Why bother to manufacture materials if you can grow them organically? Researchers have produced “living” materials by nudging bacteria to grow biological films. In turn, this process could lead to the development of more complex and interactive structures programmed to self-assemble into specific patterns,…

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“This work presents, to my knowledge, one of the first demonstrations of using synthetic biology approaches to rewire or engineer these cellular mechanisms to precisely control how inorganic materials are assembled or synthesized on a molecular bio-template, thus providing an avenue for genetically encoded materials engineering.”

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