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Scientists from the United States have built the first self-healing robots in the world known as Living Robots. The self-healing robots, also known as xenobot, are made from frog cells that are small and can travel in a human body. They can also help in providing medication in a patient's body or other related work.
The scientist from the University of Vermont named xenobot as "These are new living machines," and also adding "They are neither a traditional robot nor a well-known animal species. It is a new class of artifacts: a living, programmable organism."
Stem cells from the frog embryo and designed, reformed by a supercomputer at UVM – and then assembled and experimented by biologists at Tufts University. These cells then started to work independently and can even heal themselves. A researcher cut into one of these cells and to their surprise it started to heal itself and just kept moving.
These robots are much safer for environmentally friendly and much safer for the human body than regular robots. Co-leader Michael Levin, who heads the Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology at Tufts, says they can look for compounds or radioactive contamination, can be used to collect microplastics in the oceans, or to travel in arteries to remove plaque.
The xenobots can also help researchers learn more about cell biology and access to future developments in human health and survival.