Protein nanowires that can learn as fast as the human brain

Written by Lucy Chard

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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spike proteinUsing computer models to outsmart spike proteins in SARS-CoV-2

Researchers from the University of Illinois (Chicago, IL, USA) have developed a computer model to test whether their peptide inhibitor treatment would be effective at blocking the spike protein found on SARS-CoV-2.