Spinal cord gives bio-bots walking rhythm

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Miniature biological robots are making greater strides than ever, thanks to the spinal cord directing their steps. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers developed the tiny walking “spinobots,” powered by rat muscle and spinal cord tissue on a soft, 3D-printed hydrogel skeleton. While previous generations of biological robots, or bio-bots, could move […]

Editor’s notes: To reach Martha Gillette, call 217-244-1355; email mgillett@illinois.edu. To reach Collin Kaufman, email cdkaufm2@illinois.edu.

The paper “Emergence of functional neuromuscular junctions in an engineered, multicellular spinal cord-muscle bioactuator” is available online. DOI: 10.1063/1.5121440

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