Ion fluxes & bio/nano interface:was UNDERGRAD QUESTION

Brooke Paul bpaul at banting.bio.uci.edu
Wed Apr 7 23:56:03 EST 1993

	What would be the difference between powering a small motor or an
LED, and detecting current with a voltage/patch clamp?  Isn't the
ion flux converted to an electrical signal by the exchange of ions on an
electrode?  Could this energy be captured to power some _very_ small
device, or modify a control system for a larger device?
	I seem to recall an article by a German group on controlling current
through a transistor by coupling a cell to the third electrode of an FET (I
can find the reference for anyone that is interested).  
	I am intrigued by this topic, but know little.  Anyone care to help?


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