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Smooth As Silk "Transient Electronics" Dissolve in Body or Environment

September 27, 2012

chemistry graphic A research team, led by biomedical engineers at Tufts University, has created tiny, biocompatible electronic devices, encapsulated in silk, that dissolve harmlessly into their surroundings after a precise amount of time. These new "transient electronics" promise medical implants that never need surgical removal, as well as environmental monitors and consumer electronics that can become compost rather than trash. Full Story

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