Scientists have created biorobots that feed, grow and regenerate
Scientists Create the FIRST Living Robot!
On the basis of synthetic DNA, bioengineers have created an artificial programmable material that is able to independently feed, organize and restructure itself in the process of growth..
Although scientists from Cornell University do not recognize their biomaterial as living, but thanks to artificial metabolism, the samples are able to move autonomously, consume substances to restore energy, growth and development, and as a result they die. Research has shown that the invention is on par with complex biological organisms such as mold..
Scientists have used the material to create a specific structure. Using an abstract model similar to mechanical systems, they programmed the samples to take on a form that resembles slimy mold. In subsequent experiments, they were able to force the material to race with each other, to identify pathogenic microorganisms and hybrid nanomaterials..
Bioengineers do not consider their invention to be something new, they call the created material «more realistic». Essentially, programmable biomaterials are tiny organic robots.. The researchers say that ultimately they plan to create self-replicating mechanisms, after which they can be considered truly alive..
We also previously reported that scientists have developed a new magnetic liquid metal that is able to stretch and move in three-dimensional space without the need for complete immersion in the liquid.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: unsplash