From budding plants to sexual animals to viruses, life on earth has evolved multiple ways of reproduction for hundreds of millions of years.
According to @科技日报, recently, a research team from the University of Vermont and Tufts University in the United States discovered a new way of biological reproduction, and used this discovery to create the first ever self-reproducing living robot-Xenobots 3.0. The results of this study were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the 29th.
Xenobots 3.0 is only millimeters wide. It is neither a traditional robot nor an animal, but a living, programmable organism.
The researchers found that if enough heterogeneous robots were placed close to each other in a petri dish, they would gather and start stacking other single stem cells floating in the solution.
As many as hundreds of stem cells have assembled “baby” alien robots in their “mouths” shaped like Pac-Man. In a few days, these “babies” will become new alien robots that look and act like their mothers.
Then these new Xenobots can go out again to find cells and build their own “copy”, just like that, repeating again and again.
It is understood that Xenobots 3.0 may provide more direct and personalized drug treatments for trauma, birth defects, cancer, and aging in the future.
据@科技日报 报道，近日，美国佛蒙特大学和塔夫茨大学的研究团队发现了一种全新的生物繁殖方式，并利用这一发现创造了有史以来第一个可自我繁殖的活体机器人——Xenobots 3.0，这一研究结果发表在29日《美国国家科学院院刊》上。