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Turkeys Inspire Smartphone-Capable Early Warning System for Toxins

Turkeys Inspire Smartphone-Capable Early Warning System for Toxins | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Turkey skin [...], can shift from red to blue to white, thanks to bundles of collagen that are interspersed with a dense array of blood vessels. [...] Seung-Wuk Lee, UC Berkeley associate professor of bioengineering, led a research team in mimicking this color-changing ability to create biosensors that can detect volatile chemicals."



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“Molecular Velcro” May Lead to Cost-Effective Alternatives to Natural Antibodies

“Molecular Velcro” May Lead to Cost-Effective Alternatives to Natural Antibodies | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Taking inspiration from the human immune system, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have created a new material that can be programmed to identify an endless variety of molecules. The new material resembles tiny sheets of Velcro, each just one-hundred nanometers across. But instead of securing your sneakers, this molecular Velcro mimics the way natural antibodies recognize viruses and toxins, and could lead to a new class of biosensors."

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