Batteries Made From Viruses Could Be Woven Into Clothing

Batteries Made From Viruses Could Be Woven Into Clothing
Innovation

Scientists are using a micro-organism to develop powered garments that would allow soldiers to carry less.

Naresh Kumar
  • 24 august 2010

One of the most intriguing presentations at this year’s National Meeting of the American Chemical Society was the idea of using a virus to develop hi-tech batteries that could be woven into clothing. The M13 bacteriophage is harmless to humans and can be engineered as a bio-template to produce lithium ion batteries which could be made into clothing like military uniforms to power several portable devices such as smart phones, GPS units and handheld radios.

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