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A shock-absorbing material made from a mechanosensitive protein

> Nature Nanotechnology, Published online: 03 July 2023; doi:10.1038/s41565-023-01434-y

Certain proteins have been optimized over millennia to exhibit shock-absorbing capabilities. To harness these capabilities, synthetic biology was used to incorporate the mechanosensitive protein talin into a hydrogel. The resulting talin shock-absorbing material (TSAM) retains the mechanical properties of talin and can absorb the impact of, as well as capture, supersonic projectiles.

Publication date: 03/07/2023

Author: Jack A. Doolan

Reference: doi:10.1038/s41565-023-01431-1

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