Live Chat: Our Cyborg Future

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Electronic devices have been used for decades to help doctors track our brain waves, register our beating hearts, and restore hearing to the deaf. Now, a mix of nanoelectronics experts, materials scientists, and neuroscientists are creating ultrasmall, flexible, and stretchable electronic devices that can communicate with individual cells. That's laying the groundwork for using nanoelectronics to meld with and communicate with tissues as they grow, which, in turn, may open the door to a new era of engineered tissues—everything from electronic skin for prosthetics that restore touch for amputees to tissues in which specific genes can be turned on at will during development. What lies in store for the future at the interface of electronics and biology? Who will likely benefit early on? And where is this research heading?

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