Category: Ahmad Khalil

Bacteria Could Grow Futuristic ‘Self-Healing’ Materials

April 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Ahmad Khalil, College of Engineering, Newsmakers 0 comments

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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Boston University researchers expand synthetic biology’s toolkit

August 3rd, 2012 in 2012, Ahmad Khalil, College of Engineering, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Through the assembly of genetic components into “circuits” that perform logical operations in living cells, synthetic biologists aim to artificially empower cells to solve critical problems in medicine, energy and the environment…

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