Museum of Science and Industry


When confronted with limitations in existing technology, some scientists look deep within themselves for innovative solutions. Researchers have discovered a way to use human proteins found in milk, blood, and mucous to "grow" electronic circuits that are smaller, more flexible and biodegradable!

Currently, the components of your computers and phones rely on wafers of silicon that don't bend and are prone to shatter—a pesky problem when designing all the new and ever-smaller mobile devices we love to use. However, by using the unique chemical properties of the same proteins that help build our own bodies, scientists can actually develop transistors for all kinds of circuits to be used in new flexible screens, phones, and microchips that would also be less harmful to the environment since they are made of organic material.

The future of technology could literally be growing inside of you!

Image: Flickr user squeezyboy

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