Bio-Robot Walks With Aid of Rat Heart Cells

What’s that? You’re all out of nightmare fuel? Here’s an undead-cyborg-slime-bot cobbled together out of rat heart cells and gel. Possible use? Drug screening. Fill er’ up.

Via NBC:

With the aid of a 3-D printer, researchers have fashioned soft, quarter-inch-long biological robots out of gel-like material and rat heart cells. When the cells beat, the bio-bots take a step.

The robots resemble tiny springboards, each with one long, thin leg resting on a stout supporting leg. The thin leg is covered in the heart cells. When the cells beat, the long leg pulses, propelling the bio-bot forward, according to the research team from the University of Illinois.

Keep reading.

, , , ,

  • alizardx

    Then, there’s the recent work being done with … rat BRAIN cells in a Petri dish for information processing. (pattern analysis, IIRC)

    Google for more info.

21
More in cyborgs, Drugs, medical testing, rats
How To Invest (Legally) In Marijuana

You know a tipping point has been reached when the financial press starts writing about ways to profit from legalized marijuana! From MarketWatch: Mark Twain is said to have remarked...

Close