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Electricity can be made from viruses

Electricity can be made from viruses

Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a way to use non-human viruses to create electricity from movement.

The researchers managed to create enough electrical current to power a small-liquid crystal display such as those found in mobile phones, music players and satellite navigation systems.

Just by tapping a finger on a small electrode coated with the engineered viruses, they were able to convert the mechanical energy into an electric charge.

“More research is needed, but our work is a promising first step toward the development of personal power generators, actuators for use in nano-devices, and other devices based on viral electronics,” said Seung-Wuk Lee, a faculty scientist in the Berkeley Laboratory Physical Biosciences Division.

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