Scientists Build Hybrid Material with Virus

Loraine Lawson

Sometimes, I read about emerging technologies and I just sit there shaking my head, mumbling, "This is not a good idea."


I felt that way a little bit when I learned that researchers had stored data on bacteria.


Now, I've got that same sinking feeling again after reading on New Scientist Tech that researchers in the U.S. and Italy have attached viruses to quantum dots to create a device that stores memory. Quantum dots, by the way, are a tiny speck of semiconducting material.


Researchers say this sort of "hybrid" material could be used to make high-density memory chips on the cheap.


Am I the only one who thinks it's a bad idea to take a quickly evolving organism, graft it to metal and add memory?


Apparently so. The article in New Scientist Tech reports that researchers already used a similar technique to create nanoscale devices that can be used as biosensors.


The article also notes that this hybrid material could be used to develop biocompatible electronics.

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