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Robot jellyfish created by scientists

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Scientists have created a robotic jellyfish made of silicon and rat heart cells.

Dubbed the 'Medusoid', the artificial creature is said to potentially be an important step towards making artificial human organs.

The jellyfish propels itself through water with pumping movements, powered by electricity.

Scientists hope to evolve future versions that can respond to their environment and even look for food, Metro reports.

Harvard professor Kevin Parker thinks that scientists have only scratched the surface of cell construction, adding: "I think of cells as another kind of building substrate, but we need rigorous design specs to move tissue engineering from arts and crafts to a reproducible type of engineering."

It is speculated that the technology could eventually be put to use in muscles and organs of the human body.

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