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The Dawning of Protein-based Circuits

Posted May 15, 2011 9:21 AM

Engineers have discovered a process that could change the way microchips are made. The process involves microscopic wiring circuits made of copper insulated by proteins called microtubules. Using this biological assembly, the structure of atoms and molecules can be controlled, pushing the development of ever-smaller circuitry. This technology promises to be less expensive and may give engineers better freedom in design. Could this be the next big leap in microelectronics?

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Re: The Dawning of Protein-based Circuits

05/16/2011 12:49 AM

This opens a whole new realm for computer viruses. Or what if my computer chip has a bad gene sequence and develops MS and shorts out?

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Re: The Dawning of Protein-based Circuits

05/17/2011 8:12 AM

Could these microtubules be used to cover implants? If they could, would the body be more likely or less likely to reject an implant?

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