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An illustration of the molecular structure of tropoelastin, the smallest unit of the protein elastin.

Ferroelectric switching seen in biological tissues

Posted: June 23, 2014

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. Read more »