The world's first programmable living robot was born: a completely new life form.

ByRandy Willey 2020-01-20 741

Apart from military industry, the first application of cutting-edge technology is probably medical treatment. Recently, it is reported that computer scientists at the University of Vermont and biologists at Tufts University have created a 100% programmable living robot Xenobot, that uses frog DNA. This robot is only 0.04 inches long and can follow a computer programming route. It can also carry a certain amount of weight and carry drugs inside the human body.

Living robot Xenobot

Xenobot has the ability to repair itself, and when scientists cut them, the robot will heal itself and continue to move. According to the University of Vermont, these are "completely new life forms." "they are neither traditional robots nor known animal species. It is a new kind of artifact: a living programmable creature. "

The shape of the Xenobot is very different from that of a traditional robot. Under a microscope, it looks more like a ball of cotton. Xenobot can survive in an aquatic environment for days or even weeks without additional nutrients, making them suitable for drug delivery in the body. In addition to medical uses, it can also be used to remove radioactive waste and collect microplastics in the ocean.

Living robot Xenobot

"If we can make 3D biological forms on-demand, we can repair birth defects, reprogram tumors into normal tissue, regenerate after trauma or degenerative diseases, and overcome aging," the researchers said. "

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