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Vanishing Electronic Medical Implants

Scientists have developed a new class of electronics capable of degrading into their environment. Unlike today’s electronic devices, which are designed to last forever, the transient circuits developed by Suk-Won Hwang and colleagues disappear after a programmed amount of time. The technology could be useful in biomedical implants to help treat surgical infections or stimulate bone growth. The researchers crafted electronic circuits from cocoon silk, thin sheets of porous silicon and magnesium electrodes -- materials all capable of disappearing or resorbing into their environment.

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Audience Level: High school upper division 11-12, Undergraduate lower division 13-14, Undergraduate upper division 15-16, Graduate, Professional (degree program)

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Authors and Editors: Nadia Ramlagan of Science
Publisher: SCIENCE
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