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Contact: Kristen Kusek
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard


Caption: As Bacilli bacteria dry out and form spores (shown here), they wrinkle, and as they rehydrate, they swell. A team lead by former Wyss Institute resident scholar Ozgar Sahin harnessed these humidity-driven changes to power an actuator and generate electricity.

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