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October 28 2012

Living Power Cables Made from Bacteria

Three years ago, scientists discovered electric currents running through the seabed -- but they had no idea what was causing them. But now, researchers from Denmark and the United States believe they have the answer: bacteria that function as living electrical cables. In a remarkable case of biological engineering, scientists have confirmed that each tiny section of the bacteria contains a bundle of insulated wires that leads an electric current from one end to the other.

The discovery could lead to an entirely new class of organic electronics -- including devices that could be implanted in the human body.

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