Biodegradable electronic implants can be left in the body

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Science fiction books have long predicted the convergence of humans and technology but – just as the ingestible Proteus sensor is helping people monitor their biometrics – our latest spotting could be helping this pairing become reality. Researchers at Tufts University in Massachusetts have created transient electronics that harmlessly biodegrade in the body. Made of silicon and magnesium, and coated in a silk protein, the team built ultrathin circuits that could be used to create medical devices that can be used inside the body. The amount of silk coating determines how long it takes for the device to disintegrate, meaning…

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