Biodegradable electronics coudl also mean less toxic waste.
MIT calls it one of the 10 most important emerging technologies.
The next generation of implantable medical devices may rely on a high-tech material generated in the belly of a worm. Tufts University biomedical engineer Fiorenzo Omenetto is using silk as the basis for implantable optical and electronic devices that will act like a combination vital-sign monitor, blood test, imaging center, and pharmacy. They're designed to break down in the body when they have served their purpose, preventing surgery to remove them.
Story by Katherine Bourzac in MIT's Technology Review here. .