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Implantable sensor could measure bodily functions -- and then safely biodegrade

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(Funded in part by the National Science Foundation)

An international team of researchers has designed a highly sensitive nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide sensor that can be implanted in the body. All of the components are biodegradable in water or in bodily fluids but remain functional enough to capture the information on the gas levels. The researchers made the device’s conductors out of magnesium and used nanoscale silicon for the functional materials.