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Old 07-24-2012, 12:36 AM
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"I know I can build that" - The medusoid - A Jellyfish with the heart of a rat.

This sounds a little like science fiction to me, but its true. A Jellyfish was made using the heart muscles of a rat.

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Bioengineers have made an artificial jellyfish using silicone and muscle cells from a ratís heart. The synthetic creature, dubbed a medusoid, looks like a flower with eight petals. When placed in an electric field, it pulses and swims exactly like its living counterpart.
Source: Nature.com

Its an interesting read and concept I think. This way, scientists have a better understanding of how the heart works and it could lead to many more medical breakthroughs when it comes to medicines etc.

What do you think about it though? There is even a little video to watch it swimming around.
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An interesting concept which has always had worrying thoughts for many - where do we stop with these things, artificial intelligence and genetic engineering, seemingly harmless at this level, cloning sheep and cows to live long lives also seemingly somewhat harmless.

Are we trying to play God though, whenever the subject of this kind comes up, I see a master race being created by designers.
 
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