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Stingray soft robot may promote bio-inspired robotics

IANS  |  New York 

Scientists have developed a tissue-based soft that mimics the of a stingray, a finding that could lead to advances in bio-inspired robotics, and medical diagnostics.

The 10-millimetre-long is made up of four layers: Tissue composed of live heart cells, two distinct types of specialised for structural support, and flexible electrodes.

The robotic stingray is also able to "flap" its fins when the electrodes contract the heart cells on the biomaterial scaffold.

"The development of such could enable future that contain both biological tissues and electronic systems," Ali Khademhosseini, bioengineering at the University of - Los Angeles.

"This advancement could be used for medical therapies such as personalised tissue patches to strengthen cardiac muscle tissue for patients," Khademhosseini added, in the paper that was published in the journal

Stingrays have a simple, flattened body shape and side fins that start at the head and ends at the base of their tail, making them the ideal to model for on, the researchers said.



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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 17:28 IST