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Biomolecular nano device for sensing and recording application

Duke University is seeking a company interested in commercializing a novel and versatile device that can be used to record the time-history of environmental state variables (temperature, light levels, pH, protein presence, etc.) into DNA via a mechanism made purely of biomaterials. Potential applications include advanced nanomedicines that incorporate active-feedback mechanisms, microorganisms with adaptively-controlled genomes for drug discovery and/or manufacture, advanced low-power sensors for traditional engineering applications, bioengineering microorganisms to exhibit genetic memory, implementation of self-powered sensors, and low-cost, high-volume direct writing of synthetic DNA.

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  • Tanner, Maria
  • LaBean, Thomas
  • Protz, Jonathan
  • Vasievich, Elizabeth "Beth"

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Pratt School of Engineering