Smallest world record has ‘endless possibilities’ for bio-nanotechnology

8 octubre 2014

Scientists have taken a crucial step forward in bio-nanotechnology, a field that uses biology to develop new tools for science, technology and medicine. The new study demonstrates how stable ‘lipid membranes’ — the thin ‘skin’ that surrounds all biological cells — can be applied to synthetic surfaces. Importantly, the new technique can use these lipid membranes to ‘draw’ — akin to using them like a biological ink — with a resolution of 6 nanometres (6 billionths of a meter), which is much smaller than scientists had previously thought was possible.