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Scientists Have Developed the First Robots Made Entirely From Living Tissue

Teh_Lurv

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Oct 25, 2017
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Scientists from Harvard, Tufts, & the University of Vermont have developed the first "living machines" made through the manipulation of frog embroyic cells.



Tiny living robots have been created using cells taken from frog embryos. Each so-called xenobot is less than a millimeter across, but one can propel itself through water using two stumpy limbs, while another has a kind of pouch that it could use to carry a small load.
The robots are constructed from heart cells, which spontaneously contract and relax like tiny pistons, and skin cells that provide more rigid structure. Once it is set loose, a robot’s cells have enough energy to keep it wriggling and squirming for up to 10 days.
This first crop of xenobots are very basic. But future versions could be made with nervous systems and sensory cells—even rudimentary cognitive abilities—which would allow them to react to their environment.

Reveal me to be a Replicant ERA if old.
 

BDS

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Oct 25, 2017
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Anyone confused? I can't seem to view the article or any images. It doesn't look like anything to me.
 

Aaronrules380

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Oct 25, 2017
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That's cool. There are people in my lab who work on related technologies, but they use 3D printed plastic scaffolding as well as cells
 

tuffy

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Oct 25, 2017
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For the next step, they should develop a robot made of a hyperalloy combat chassis that's surrounded by living human tissue.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Well, to borrow from an old comedy bit, 'maybe Mother Earth made humans so we could make her the robot frogs she couldn't create on her own'
 

KDR_11k

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Nov 10, 2017
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Wouldn't it be more efficient to start with a tardigrade and install a pouch on that? Comes with eight stumpy legs that wiggle.

Instead of Terminator, which is just metal with a skin exterior, you should think of HR Giger stuff. Mechanics built entirely from flesh.

Also xenobots sounds wrong, they're not exactly xeno, are they? If you want a cool name got for FLESH MACHINES!