Inspired by kombucha tea, engineers create ‘living materials’

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Putting the kettle on isn't just a good idea, it leads to them. Image: Unsplash/Kowit Phothisan

Anne Trafton
Guest contributor, MIT News
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Using bacteria and yeast similar to those found in kombucha, MIT engineers can create “living materials.” Image: Tzu-Chieh (Zijay) Tang
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Researchers lift a sheet of their material, a tough cellulose that can be embedded with enzymes or living cells. Image: Tzu-Chieh (Zijay) Tang
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