Artificial Jellyfish

Artificial Jellyfish

Team of researchers from Harvard University and the California Institute of Technology has created an artificial and thus freely floating “jellyfish” silicon-based cells and living myocardium (heart muscle).
The work of scientists may serve as evidence in favor of opportunities to put into practice the concept of re-engineering (reverse engineering) of various organs and muscle of simple living organisms. It also expands the concept of “synthetic life”, which previously implied replication of organic building blocks. The work of scientists may serve as evidence in favor of opportunities to put into practice the concept of re-engineering (reverse engineering) of various organs and muscle of simple living organisms. It also expands the concept of “synthetic life”, which previously implied replication of organic building blocks. A method of designing an organic fabrics to create a jellyfish, called the Medusoid, described in Nature Biotechnology on July 22. Expert on the active cell and skin systems, co-author Kevin Keith Parker had just been demonstrated bioengineering “construction”, which may miss the surrounding objects, and even to move independently. In addition, his desire to move to the design of more complex artificial organisms coincided with dissatisfaction with the state of affairs in the field of cardiology. Just as the human heart pumps blood through the body moves the jellyfish in the water, pumping and releasing water like a pump. The purpose of this study was to understand the operating principles of the “live-pump” and then play an artificial system based on the model of motor abilities jellyfish. Jellyfish as the oldest organisms that contain a variety of functional organs, are ideal objects to study because they use muscles to pump the water and move in the aquatic environment, and their morphology is similar to the human heart. In the future, scientists are going to improve the artificial jellyfish, so that she could turn around and move in a certain direction, and even include in its membership a simple “brain” that the organism was able to respond to his environment, but also demonstrate more advanced behaviors such as following the source of light or energy from food.