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Ferroelectric switching seen in biological tissues

University of Washington researchers have shown that a favorable electrical property is present in a type of protein found in organs that repeatedly stretch and retract, such as the lungs, heart and arteries. These findings are the first that clearly track this phenomenon, called ferroelectricity, occurring at the molecular level in biological tissues.

High glucose levels could impair ferroelectricity in body’s connective tissues

Researchers found that a protein in organs that repeatedly stretch and retract can lose their functionality when exposed to sugar.

Organic ferroelectric molecule shows promise for memory chips, sensors

A paper in Science describes an organic crystal that shows promise as a cheap, flexible, nontoxic material for the working parts of memory chips, sensors and energy-harvesting devices.