Educator at UC Berkley co-authors a new study that says a bioengineered virus can induce electricity

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Researchers, including a professor from UC Berkeley, have made an extraordinary discovery that could revolutionize sustainable energy generation. They found that a bioengineered virus can produce electricity through pyroelectricity.

In their study, the team modified the virus's genetic code to bind to a thinly nickel-coated plate, creating miniature cityscapes resembling skyscrapers. This approach explored using heat to induce a charge shift and generate electricity.

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The viral cities were exposed to intense heat from a laser or fire to generate electricity. This exposure caused the proteins within them to melt and unfold, inducing a polarization change and generating an electric potential.

This remarkable discovery highlights the adaptability of viruses through genetic modification and presents an opportunity for sustainable energy generation. This innovative technology has immense potential and could lead to a breakthrough in creating clean, affordable, and renewable energy.

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