Biology Health Strange Technology

First Living Robots Built, with Frog Cells

Weird science: tiny ‘xenobots’ assembled from frog cells are new man-made life forms which may be used for many purposes from “drug delivery” to “toxic waste clean-up.”

Xenobots. Image use for News Reporting by True Strange News, Jan 2020. No copyright infringement intended.

Scientists at the University of Vermont repurposed living frog cells assembling them into entirely new life-forms. The ‘xenobots’ can move toward targets and heal themselves after being cut.

The new living machines are something entirely new: living programmable organisms which are neither traditional robots nor any known species of animal.

Read more:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200113175653.htm

 

In the press release, Tufts University researcher and study co-author Michael Levin said the xenobots could hunt for “nasty compounds or radioactive contamination,” gather microplastics in the oceans, and travel inside “arteries to scrape out plaque.”
Gizmodo

Just in case you doubted that 2020 would be weird and futuristic enough. So far they are only about a millimetre wide, but why stop there?

Candy Bar Record. Image use for News Reporting by True Strange News, Jan 2020. No copyright infringement intended.

If a company can create a Snickers bar 43,000 times the size of normal, how long until Godzilla-sized xenobots fight all wars between countries?

Food for thought.

https://TrueStrangeNews.com

Human? Click stars please. Vote to keep or delete article.

Delete (1 or 2 stars) | Or Keep (4 or 5 stars)

Average rating / 5. Votes:

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

Sorry this post failed you!

Let us improve this post!

How can we improve it?

You Might Like ...

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.