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MIT uses gm virus to build batteries

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« on: September 29, 2006, 08:15:42 AM »

WOW!! 

Researchers at MIT have modified viruses through genetic engineering and directed evolution to build highly efficient batteries.

More here:
http://www.technologyreview.com/read_article.aspx?id=17553&ch=energy
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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2006, 09:26:58 AM »

WOW indeed. Very interesting read thanks.

from Virus-Assembled Batteries
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One of the ways they have done this in the past is using a process called "directed evolution." They combine collections of viruses with millions of random variations in a vial containing a piece of the material they want the virus to bind to. Some of the viruses happen to have proteins that bind to the material. Isolating these viruses is a simple process of washing off the piece of material --only those viruses bound to the material remain. These can then be allowed to reproduce. After a few rounds of binding and washing, only viruses with the highest affinity for the material remain.


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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2006, 13:23:27 PM »

My pleasure,  Technologyreview is a must-have in your RSS feeds.  There is a big Biotech section with all sorts of weird and wonderful stories.  Another interesting one I recall (will have to go and look for the link)  is about gm bacteria used to produce diesel from plant cellulose.
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