What: Scientists have created what they believe to be the first-ever robots built from living cells.
The biological machines, the scientific team calls “xenobots”, were made from frog embryo stem cells and assembled using a supercomputer.
The findings of the experiment, published this month in a paper, state that the robotic organisms were able to move on their own and transport tiny objects across physical space.
How: A team of researchers at the University of Vermont first designed the living, programmable organisms on a university supercomputer. Another team at the Tufts University then repurposed living frog cells to assemble “them into entirely new life-forms.”
“These novel living machines are neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal. They’re a new class of artifact: a living, programmable organism.”, University of Vermont scientist and paper co-author Josh Bongard said in a statement.
Why: Researchers are hoping that the bots would one day be used to deliver medications to vital organs in the human body, unclog arteries, searching for radioactive materials and clean up toxic waste in the ocean.
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