Scientists have succeeded in producing living tiny robots called “anthrobots”, which are thought to help heal wounds and damaged tissues.
According to CNN, scientists from Tufts University and Harvard University used tracheal cells obtained from adult donors of different ages and genders in their research.
Researchers have created living tiny robots with these cells, which are thought to be able to help heal wounds and damaged tissues.
This work of scientists is based on the first living robots called “xenobot” that they have previously managed to produce.
The researchers stated that their ultimate goal is to answer the question of whether anthropobots can be used in medical applications. In this context, the researchers also examined whether the tiny robots moved to “mimick the damage” in “scrape-bearing” human neurons grown in the laboratory. Although the researchers have not yet understood the healing mechanism, they stated that the “anthrobots” grew in the damaged area of the neurons.
Gizem Gümüşkaya, a PhD student at Tufts University and one of the authors of the study, said that tracheal cells were preferred in the research because of their ability to provide movement and because they are relatively easy to reach.
HE COULD LIVE UP TO 60 DAYS
Gümüşkaya, who conducted experiments on the chemical composition of the growth conditions of tracheal cells, found a method that would make the hairs covering the cell clusters look outwards. Gümüşkaya said, “Nothing happened on the first day, second day, fourth or fifth day, but as biology usually does, there was a rapid transition around the seventh day.”
Gümüşkaya stated, “In our method, each anthropobot grows from a single cell.”
In the research, it was pointed out that the tracheal cells, which are covered with hair-like projections called “cilia” that wave back and forth, can push out small particles that go to the air passages in the lungs, thanks to this feature.
Professor Michael Levin, one of the authors of the research, stated that what makes “anthrobots” unique is that the cells come together on their own.
Levin said that many scientists have produced biological robots, but they are made by manually planting cells to live on the built molds. Meanwhile, “Anthrobots” were able to survive for up to 60 days in a laboratory environment. The results of the research were published in the journal “Advanced Science”. (AA)