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Plan To Develop Nanobatteries For Powering Artificial Retina – Mek One Step Closer

Several researchers from Sandia National Laboratories, led by principal investigator Susan Rempe, are part of a multi-institutional, multidisciplinary team developing a nano-size battery that one day could be implanted in the eye to power an artificial retina.

The center will design, model, synthesize, and fabricate nanomedical devices based on natural and synthetic ion transporters — proteins that control ion motion across the membranes of every living cell.

The first task for the center will be to design a class of devices for generating electric power — bio-batteries — for a wide array of implantable devices, starting with an artificial retina that has already been developed at the Doheny Eye Institute at the University of Southern California.

The team plans to translate several categories of biological function into new devices that would treat disease and lead to implantable devices. Properties of interest that appear in the biological ion transporters include electrical signaling, osmotic pumping, and molecular detection…

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  1. I used to work in a contact lens laboratory, well they liked to call it that when in fact its a glorified factory.. Do you know that the material used for making a contact lens costs a maximum of £1.00 a piece or as little as 2p depending on type. Opticians only work 3-4 days a week, they have 6+ weeks holiday a year, ever ask yourself why?

  2. zeiss ikon ? lets hope so !

    (great interveiw by the way, now i have to go buy comics)Yay !

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