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Wired tissue brings promise of smart cells

Nanoelectronic scaffold may be 3-D marvel

A team of Harvard and MIT researchers has created the first three-dimensional piece of artificial tissue that’s wired with electronics.

The breakthrough brings promise that one day such wired tissue could act as sensors, detecting looming problems deep inside the body, and either fixing them directly or sending a message that help is needed. It could also be used to make “smart” prosthetics or replacement body parts.

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