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Silicon Chips Implanted In Living Cells

Silicon Chips Implanted In Living Cells
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A recent experiment successfully implanted chips into living cells.

Naresh Kumar
  • 22 march 2010

In a recent experiment in Spain, scientists successfully embedded silicon chips in living cells. The research is initially focused on intracellular sensing and applications for medical monitoring.

Medgadget reports on the experiment:

The team fabricated different batches of polysilicon chips and then chose the most suitable device type with lateral dimensions of 1.5-3μm and with a thickness of 0.5 μm to be placed inside living cells. Cells were taken from Dictyostelium discoideum and human HeLa cells.

After inserting the chips into the live cells, the researchers made sure that the cells remained alive and healthy. They found that over 90% of the chip-containing HeLa cell population remained viable 7 days after lipofection.

Medgadget: “Implanting Silicon Chips Into Cells May Soon Become a Possibility”

[via Crunchgear]

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