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(CNN)—The US scientists who created the first living robots say the life forms, known as xenobots, can now reproduce — and in a way not seen in plants and animals.
Formed from the stem cells of the African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) from which it takes its name, xenobots are less than a millimeter (0.04 inches) wide. The tiny blobs were first unveiled in 2020 after experiments showed that they could move, work together in groups and self-heal.
Now the scientists that developed them at the University of Vermont, Tufts University and Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering said they have discovered an entirely new form of biological reproduction different from any animal or plant known to science.
“I was astounded by it,” said Michael Levin, a professor of biology and director of the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University who was co-lead author of the new research.
Doug Kresky says
Jim, first and foremost we appreciate the work that you and Craig do to put out the RIR, and the film is wonderful! As to the media blackout, I just don’t see an end to that until someone can produce a news report that does not reveal the reporter and editor’s clear bias and attempt to sway versus report. The closest we have out there is the WSJ. Perhaps a like minded group of individuals like yourselves putting together and collaborative national collection of news would mend the blackout. I am unaware of that. Can you recommend? And keep it up!
Jim Cornelius says
David Wrolson says
I hadn’t looked here for awhile, so I apologize for replying to an older post. Anyway, I found something in C.S. Lewis’s “Out of the Silent Planet” (Book 1 of his Space Trilogy) that actually brought tears to my eyes because it said what I feel (and am scared of) and it belongs here.
“Weston” is a stand-in for the scientists doing the nanobot reproduction. And don’t forget what Jeff Goldblum said in Jurassic Park-“They were so focused on what they could do, they never asked if they should do it”
»>“And we have also evidence—increasing almost daily—that “Weston,” or the force or forces behind “Weston,” will play a very important part in the events of the next few centuries, and, unless we prevent them, a very disastrous one. … The dangers to be feared are not planetary but cosmic, or at least solar, and they are not temporal but eternal. More than this it would be unwise to say.”««
Lewis, C. S.. Out of the Silent Planet: (Space Trilogy, Book One) (The Space Trilogy 1) (pp. 166–167). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
Jim Cornelius says