To make a new kind of display, researchers have engineered bacteria to be brighter.
The University of California at San Diego last month detailed the latest advances toward making a lighting system powered by genetically engineered e. coli bacteria.
Bioengineers insert a protein that causes the bacteria to fluoresce. Assembled in colonies, these bacteria act as a light source, like the pixel on a screen. About 500 individual bacteria are assembled into colonies, or "biopixels."
Those biopixels were engineered as components in larger circuits to make a display with as many as 13,000 biopixels.
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