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Tiny Robotic Stingray Is Made Of Rat Heart Muscles and Gold

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Credit: Karaghen Hudson and Michael Rosnach

Sciencemag.org reports that scientists have created “a nickel-sized artificial stingray whose swimming is guided by light and powered by rat heart muscle cells.”

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 The researchers at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University for Biologically Inspired Engineering hope someday “by melding cells and artificial materials into a pulsating structure” that they can use bioengineering to build a human heart.

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Citation:

Phototactic guidance of a tissue-engineered soft-robotic ray

Sung-Jin Park, Mattia Gazzola, Kyung Soo Park, Shirley Park, Valentina Di Santo, Erin L. Blevins, Johan U. Lind, Patrick H. Campbell, Stephanie Dauth, Andrew K. Capulli, Francesco S. Pasqualini, Seungkuk Ahn, Alexander Cho, Hongyan Yuan, Ben M. Maoz, Ragu Vijaykumar, Jeong-Woo Choi, Karl Deisseroth, George V. Lauder L. Mahadevan, Kevin Kit Parker

Tags: robotics, robot, bioengineering, biotechnology

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