A turkey’s wattle inspires a biosensor’s design

By Bethany Brookshire, 21:37 PM January 27, 2014

When you think of a turkey, you might visualize it roasted and crispy on a table at a large family dinner. But for a group of scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, a turkey served as a different sort of inspiration. The team has created a color-changing biosensor that can detect the explosive agent TNT using a design inspired by a turkey’s wattle.

A wattle, the fleshy fold of skin that surrounds a turkey’s head and neck, is more than just a floppy chin. It can change from red t...

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