Scientists at UVM, Tufts create ‘living robots'

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Boston Globe
Publication/Creation Date
January 13 2020
The Boston Globe (creator)
University Of Vermont (contributor)
Joshua Bongard (contributor)
Sam Kriegman (contributor)
Tufts University (contributor)
Michael Levin (contributor)
Douglas Blackiston (contributor)
Persuasive Intent

The study suggested that there were “numerous" possible applications for the biobots. “Given their nontoxicity and self-limiting lifespan, [the biobots] could serve as a novel vehicle for intelligent drug delivery or internal surgery," the study said. Researchers also suggested, among other things, that biobots could remove plaque from artery walls, identify cancer, or help in cleaning up microplastics in the ocean.

The research could also have massive implications for regenerative medicine, Levin said, casting more light on the mystery of how cells cooperate to build complex, functional bodies like human organs.

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Date archived
January 16 2020
Last edited
January 16 2020
How to cite this entry
The Boston Globe. (January 13 2020). "Scientists at UVM, Tufts create ‘living robots'". Boston Globe. Fabric of Digital Life.