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Artificial Jellyfish Swims in a Heartbeat


July 22, 2012

still image of a jellyfish A team of researchers at Harvard University and the California Institute of Technology have turned inanimate silicone and living cardiac muscle cells into a freely swimming "jellyfish." The finding serves as a proof of concept for reverse engineering a variety of muscular organs and simple life-forms. Full Story

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