Rat heart cells and silicone are the primary building blocks of a bio-engineered jelly fish created by scientists, according to a TIME report.
The jellyfish can swim, and more importantly, pump, like any natural born jellyfish.
Why does this matter? Researchers believe this jellyfish, named Medusoids, could lead to advancements in cardiovascular health, and in turn save people’s lives.
Kevin Parker, a bioengineer at Harvard University, said the point of the project was to look at a muscular pump other than the heart to see if there were similarities, and the result proves that there are.
To create the jellyfish, Parker and researchers from California Institute of Technology used rat heart cells and a thin silicone film, engineering them into a shape that mimicked a real jelly fish.
The finishing touch was placing the jellyfish into electrically charged fluid and zapping it with current to stimulate the creature.
Researchers are looking to the new artificial jellyfish to help scientists better understand how to repair damaged tissue, develop cardio vascular drugs and create artificial hearts that don't have to be replaced or maintained. http://ti.me/LHHW4a
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