A new class of tiny electronic devices can dissolve completely in water—or bodily fluids.
“Many of the devices we implant into patients are only needed temporarily,” says cardiologist Marvin J. Slepian of the University of Arizona.
“Once the medical need for them has passed, biodegradable devices would disappear, without the permanent burden for the body.”
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