January 18, 2014
According to a news release from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, synthetic self-propelled swimming bio-bots just entered the strange world of aquatic micro-organisms.
Engineers have created a class of small bio-hybrid machines that move like sperm, the first synthetic structures that can negotiate the viscous fluids of biological environments unsupervised.
“Micro-organisms have a whole world that we only glimpse through the microscope,” noted Taher Saif, the University of Illinois Gutgsell Professor of mechanical science and engineering, in a statement. “This is the first time that an engineered system has reached this underworld.”