Jul. 31, 2012
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Picture of the Week: the Medusoid

  • Artistic rendering of the process of reverse-engineering a jellyfish. Illustrated are the different stages of analyzing and “dissecting” a juvenile Aurelia sp. jellyfish in order to design and build a tissue-engineered jellyfish. [Photo Credit: Janna Nawroth (Caltech)]Artistic rendering of the process of reverse-engineering a jellyfish. Illustrated are the different stages of analyzing and “dissecting” a juvenile Aurelia sp. jellyfish in order to design and build a tissue-engineered jellyfish. [Photo Credit: Janna Nawroth (Caltech)]

The picture of this week is from Caltech, where researchers turned solid element-silicon-and muscle cells into a freely swimming "jellyfish.

Their method for building the tissue-engineered jellyfish, dubbed Medusoid, is outlined in a Nature Biotechnology paper that appears as an advance online publication.

Read the full press release here:
http://media.caltech.edu/

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