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What is Xenobot?

Published: 27th Jan, 2020

Scientists in the United States have created the world’s first “living machines” — tiny robots built from the cells of the African clawed frog, that can move around on their own.

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  • Scientists in the United States have created the world’s first “living machines” — tiny robots built from the cells of the African clawed frog, that can move around on their own.
  • The species of aquatic frog was found across sub-Saharan Africa from Nigeria and Sudan to South Africa, Xenopus laevis.
  • The living machines are less than a millimetre (0.04 inches) wide-small enough to travel inside human bodies.
  • They can walk and swim, survive for weeks without food, and work together in groups.
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