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Novel Yeast-Assembly Technique Yields Living Materials
Researchers say structures made of the cells could potentially be used to clean up uranium from oceans, heal wounds, and more.
Novel Yeast-Assembly Technique Yields Living Materials
Novel Yeast-Assembly Technique Yields Living Materials

Researchers say structures made of the cells could potentially be used to clean up uranium from oceans, heal wounds, and more.

Researchers say structures made of the cells could potentially be used to clean up uranium from oceans, heal wounds, and more.

materials science
A purple-stained section of an invasive breast cancer growth. The dark purple non-fatty tissue takes up the majority of the frame, and pale purple circular tumors grow in ducts in the bottom left.
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Snapshot of the repairing experiment on a human tooth
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