Researchers have developed protein nanowires that operate at a similar voltage to the action potentials of the human brain.
Neuromorphic engineering – mimicking the neurological functions of the human brain with artificial intelligence technology – is a new and largely unexplored area of medicine over the last few decades. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA, USA) have used nanotechnology to create protein nanowires that allow greater, more efficient electrical conductivity for biomedical applications.
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