In an unending effort to merge man with machine (no doubt to catastrophic consequences), scientists have linked olfactory sense proteins with nanotube transistors. What does that mean? We can turn smells into electrical signals. That sounds really lame, but it’s a first step to linking circuits with every kind of sense input the human body has. Oh, and apparently its useful for studying diseases. Or whatever.
Finding out the type of drugs that can effectively bind with GPCRs is vital, as pathogens frequently attack via these receptors. The attachment of a harmless chemical with the corresponding GPCR will increase the chance of blocking the disease.