July 23, 2012
The tentacled artificial creature, made from silicon, has been dubbed “Medusoid” because of its resemblance to the snake-haired character from Greek mythology whose gaze turned people to stone.
It is able to mimic the swimming movement of a jellyfish thanks to muscle cells from rat hearts which were implanted onto its silicon frame and grown into a pattern similar to the muscles of a real jellyfish.
By applying an electric current to a container of conducting liquid, the scientists demonstrated they could “shock” the muscles into contracting so that it began to move through the water.
The “reverse-engineering” project by researchers from the California Institute of Technology and Harvard University was published on the website of the Nature Biotechnology journal.
This article was posted: Monday, July 23, 2012 at 7:12 am