This undated image made available by the Beckman Institute, University of Illinois via Science magazine shows a water droplet dissolving a resorbable electronics circuit. As consumers we want our electronic gadgets durable. But as patients, we might want them to dissolve - inside our bodies. They could give treatments for a specific amount of time, and then just disappear without need for surgical removal or risk of long-term side effects. Scientists reported an early step toward that goal Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012: Small electronic devices, sealed in silk from cocoons, worked as designed after being implanted in mice. Three weeks later, they were basically gone. (AP Photo/Science, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois)
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