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Bacterial biofilms for production of new self-healing materials and bioprocessing technologies [Registered]

A team at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University are exploiting biofilms as a robust new platform for designer nanomaterials that could clean up polluted rivers, manufacture pharmaceutical products, fabricate new textiles, and more. The researchers have developed a novel protein engineering system called BIND. Using BIND, which stands for Biofilm-Integrated Nanofiber Display, the team said biofilms could be tomorrow’s living foundries for the large-scale production of biomaterials that can be programmed to provide functions not possible with existing materials. They have reported the proof-of-concept in Nature Communications. “Most biofilm-related research today focuses on how to…

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