28 Dec '15, 3pm

Scientists invent the world's first microchip powered by biological systems

Scientists invent the world's first microchip powered by biological systems

Researchers attached this ATP-powered membrane to a conventional semiconductor circuit, which took to the ion pumps well. “Ion pumps basically act very similarly to transistors,” Shepard says. “The one we used is the same kind of pump that is used to maintain the resting potential in neurons.” Although whole biological systems have been integrated with computer chips in the past, the isolation and utilization of one component of a biological system is new. “We don’t need the whole cell [now],” Shepard says. “We just grab the component of the cell that’s doing what we want. For this project, we isolated the ATPases because they were the proteins that allowed us to extract energy from ATP.”

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