US scientists create a jellyfish from silicone

Scientists in the United States have recently managed to create an artificial jellyfish from silicone which they stimulate to swim by using electrical current. This research has been done at Harvard University and has recently been published in the peer-reviewed journal, Nature Biotechnology.

The idea behind the research is that it shows that it is possible to reverse engineer the sort of muscle technology that can be seen in organs of simple lifeforms. Jellyfish have a type of muscle which allows them to propel themselves through the water.

The research is thought to be particularly important because in a very simple way, the function of this muscle is similar to the human heart, and if scientists could successfully grow a similar muscle to the heart it would be a massive breakthrough in medicine.

The work is also important for scientists who are attempting to make a definition about what synthetic life is. This is a movement that has been taking place in science for quite some time and is becoming more and more advanced. Scientists are becoming better at replicating the most basic building blocks of life.

A professor on the study, Professor Parker has stated, “Currently synthetic life and the creation of it is mostly focused on genetic manipulation. However, I think that we need to look at it as not just the creation of cells, but the creation of a whole organism. In this case we have synthetically recreated jellyfish, which is quite a remarkable achievement.”

The researchers have been working for a very long time in order to understand how the jellyfish moves itself through the water, by analysing the arrangement of the muscles in the jellyfish. Fluid dynamics also plays an important part of how the jellyfish moves, and it has taken a great deal of time to the scientist to reverse engineer this biological movement.