Saturday, April 08, 2006 - Virus Fuels a Battery Breakthrough

"Many researchers focus on stopping the replication of viruses that bring illness or death.
But Angela Belcher is excited about promoting the replication of viruses -- and harnessing them to create high-performance devices for practical applications.
Dr. Belcher, a materials scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, heads a team that has successfully created a battery assembled by a benign biological virus that binds to gold and cobalt oxide.
Her invention is an advance in the emerging science of using biological methods to create new materials, and also falls within the field of nanotechnology -- the development of useful devices from bits of material so small they are measured in atoms."

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