March 25, 2014
Engineers at MIT have created “living materials,” combining the advantages of living cells with the functionality of nonliving materials.
Living cells are able to respond to their environment, synthesize new organic compounds, and are easily scalable. While inanimate materials can offer practical benefits, like light emission or electricity.
By taking the best of both worlds — the biotic and the inanimate — scientists hope they’ll be able to design more complex and versatile devices and technology, such as solar cells, self-healing materials, or diagnostic sensors.