If start-up Cambrios is right, computer parts in the future won't be built. They'll be bred. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company is using methods that will allow researchers to build semiconductors or other components by combining inorganic substances with a vast library of genetically engineered organisms. Combining a metal with a living virus or bacteria like E. coli won't usually result in a breakthrough, but once in a long while the chemical interaction produces elegant--and potentially commercially attractive--films or crystals.
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