In diatom, scientists find genes that may level engineering hurdle

January 22, 2008 | Source:

The discovery of genes that allow diatoms to build their hard cell walls by laying down sub-micron-sized lines of silica could be used for computer chip nanofabrication, claim University of Washington researchers.

They have found a set of 75 genes specifically involved in silica bioprocessing in a species of diatom.