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Squid skin protein can boost bioelectronics

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 03:40 (GMT + 9)

A team of researchers has discovered that reflectin, a protein in the skin of the common pencil squid (Loliginidae) can conduct positive electrical charges, or protons, making it a promising material for building biologically inspired devices. This discovery, developed by University of California Irving (UCI), could lead to better ion- or proton-conducting materials: for instance, next-generation implants that could relay electrical messages to the nervous system to monitor or interfere with the progression of disease. "Nature is really good at doing certain things that we sometimes find incredibly difficult. Perhaps nature has already optimized reflectin to conduct protons, so we can learn from this protein and take advantage of natural design principles," pointed out Alon Gorodetsky, assistant professor of chemical engineering & materials science at The H... FULL STORY

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