Swimming 'Jellyfish' Built out of Rat Cells & SiliconeSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:13
Swimming 'Jellyfish' Built out of Rat Cells & Silicone
Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior WriterDate: 22 July 2012 Time: 01:00 PM ET
A bioengineered jellyfish mimic swims in ocean-like saltwater. Researchers reported the creation of these mimic July 22, 2012 in the journal Nature Biotechnology.
The odd jellyfish mimic, dubbed a "Medusoid" by its creators, is more than a curiosity. It's a natural biological pump, just like the human heart. That makes it a good model to use to study cardiac physiology, said study researcher Kevin Kit Parker, a bioengineer at Harvard University.