It's alive! Researchers work to create biological buildings

11/8/2010 | TG Daily

The next generation of green buildings could use "protocells" -- synthetic biological components -- to produce water in parched environments, turn sunlight into biofuels, fix carbon from the atmosphere or even create coral-like protective skins. The protocells mimic the chemical-transfer properties of biological cell membranes in ways that experts say could prove useful to green builders. "We want to use ethical synthetic biology to create large-scale, real-world applications for buildings," says one scientist.

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