Posted: April 13, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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How would you feel if a tiny robot modeled after the pesky sea lamprey(pictured) was coursing through your bloodstream, seeking out harmful diseases? It may have a face that only a mother can love, but it turns out that the sea lamprey is the perfect model for a one centimeter long prototype micro-robot being developed by Northeastern University, University of Alabama, and MIT in the U.S., and Newcastle University in the U.K. Dubbed “Cyberplasm”, it’s an example of synthetic biology, a fairly new field of biological research that uses engineering principles to build useful devices from biological building blocks or make existing biological systems more effective and efficient. (via “Cyberplasm” Micro-Robot Takes Inspiration From Parasitic Fish)

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