Unlike nonliving things, live cells respond to their environment, grow, and reproduce. Unlike living things, nonliving materials can do things like conduct electricity and emit light.
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The new "living materials" could produce highly efficient energy systems, self-healing structures, and even the scaffolding used for tissue engineering.
Artist's concept of bacterial cell engineered with nanofibers incorporating quantum dots (red and green spheres) and gold nanoparticles.
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