American scientists revealed today (Tuesday) that the first living robots created in 2020 - are capable of reproducing.
According to the researchers, the life form called "xenobots" can undergo a previously undocumented reproductive process, neither in plants nor in animals.
In fact, xenobots are a programmable living creature and were created from the stem cells of an African frog.
The xenobots are small lumps by a millimeter.
The xenobots were first programmed in 2020 after experiments conducted on them proved that they could move and work together in groups and even heal themselves.
Those responsible for the surprising discovery are actually scientists from the University of Vermont, Tufts University and the Weiss Institute of Engineering in collaboration with the Department of Biology at Harvard University.
Michael Levin, a professor of biology and director of the Alan Discovery Center at Tufts University, who co-authored the new study, told CNN News, "I was amazed. Frogs have a way of reproducing. When you give them a chance to understand how to be in a new environment - not only do they understand finding a new way to move, but They are also apparently finding a new way to reproduce. "
Meaning - a new form of biological reproduction has been discovered.
Stem cells are cells that have the ability to develop into different types of mature cells.
To create the xenobots, the researchers scraped stem cells from frog embryos and left them for incubation.
Living robots are a combination of molecular biology with artificial intelligence, and may even help in a variety of ways for both the human body and the environment.
The advanced technology will make it possible to collect micro-plastics from the oceans or provide advanced solutions to the world of medicine.
"When people think of robots, they think of something made of metal and ceramics, but that's not accurate," explained Josh Bongard, a professor of computer science and robotics at the University of Vermont and lead author of the study.
"A robot is defined not by the materials it is made of, but by what it does. A robot is a body that acts on its own for humans. A robot is also an organism from frog cells that has not been genetically modified."
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