Monday, April 24, 2006

Nano machine switches between biological and silicon worlds

IST Results - Nano machine switches between biological and silicon worlds:
The Mo-Switch Project has developed a system that could be used for molecular circuits, among many other possibilities. According to Dr Keith Firman, Reader in Molecular Biotechnology at Portsmouth University and coordinator of the Mol-Switch project, funded under the European Commission’s FET (Future and Emerging Technologies) initiative of the IST programme, "'It could be used as a communicator between the biological and silicon worlds. I could see it providing an interface between muscle and external devices, through its use of ATP, in human implants. Such an application is still 20 or 30 years away,' says Firman 'It's very exciting and right now we're applying for a patent for the basic concepts.'"


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