28 mar. 2014

Weekender: Biodegradable Biomedical Implants - ET-Style Technology Here on Earth?




As the latest biomedical devices are unveiled, it appears that medical research recently taken a step into the realms of science fiction.



A team of researchers have developed biodegradable, implantable batteries that can deliver internal treatments or monitor bodily tissues, but which are then gradually re-absorbed after use.



“This is a really major advance,” says Jeffrey Borenstein, a biomedical engineer at Draper Laboratory, a non-profit research and development centre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “Until recently, there has not been a lot of progress in this area.”



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