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Researchers in Japan say they are looking into a cellular mechanism that might some day allow humans to generate their own electricity.

Reporting their findings in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, researchers from the Institute for Molecular Science, National Institutes of Natural Sciences said they are looking into how sodium ions move across cell membranes. This is a natural process with big implications, researcher Ryota Iino told Science Daily.

“Energy conversion efficiency of rotary molecular motor is much higher than that of human-made motors,” Iino said. “And energy conversion by rotary molecular motor is reversible. If we completely understand the mechanism, it will lead to the realization of highly efficient, human-made motors in the future.”

Lino went on to explain that “if we can fully understand this mechanism, it may be possible to develop a battery capable of the energy conversion to implant in an artificial electric eel or even in a human.” Shocking!

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