December 21, 2016

"Drop silicon nanowires and human cells into the same petri dish, and you’ll see something extraordinary: The cells will eat the nanowires."

spectrum: Researchers at the University of Chicago recorded the phenomenon, and reported it Friday in the journal Science Advances. By Emily Waltz

'The group aims to harness that knowledge to develop a new means of drug delivery or bioelectronic therapy. “We want to do something that is special,” says Bozhi Tian, a materials scientist at the University of Chicago. “We’re trying to develop a bioelectronic device that is intracellular” and can control individual parts of the cell, he says.

'Silicon nanowires are biocompatible, highly conductive, and so thin they are essentially one-dimensional. Inside human cells, they could potentially be used to do a lot of things. They could record the electrical communication between structures inside the cell—signals passed from one organelle to another. They could electrically stimulate those organelles for therapeutic purposes.'

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