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Desc:“We took a rat apart and rebuilt it as a jellyfish.”
Category:Science & Technology, Pets & Animals
Tags:Rat, SCIENCE!, jellyfish, bioenginering, medusoid
Submitted:Simian Pride
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Simian Pride - 2012-07-23
more info: http://tinyurl.com/bud7r36
takewithfood - 2012-07-23
The whole thing is fascinating, but my favourite part is:

In 2007, Parker was searching for new ways of studying muscular pumps when he visited the New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts. “I saw the jellyfish display and it hit me like a thunderbolt,” he says. “I thought: I know I can build that.”

To do so, he recruited John Dabiri, a bioengineer who studies biological propulsion at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena. “I grabbed him and said, ‘John, I think I can build a jellyfish.’ He didn’t know who I was, but I was pretty excited and waving my arms, and I think he was afraid to say no.”

Oscar Wildcat - 2012-07-23
This is a jellyfish in the same way as a Real Doll with a pithed frog and a 9v battery in it's cooter is a girl.

That said, I have been told that if I wanted to create artificial life the simplest thing to attempt would be a jellyfish. So the guy has the right idea here. But needs a lot more work.

chairsforcheap - 2012-07-23
Yeah it's in no way a cool thing. Yaaaaawn bionic jellyfish.

Ursa_minor - 2012-07-23
Metroid Origins.
Aelric - 2012-07-23
Just don't give it a reproductive system.
Spoonybard - 2012-07-23
Useless but awesome
Simian Pride - 2012-07-23
“You’ve got a heart drug?” says Parker. “You let me put it on my jellyfish, and I’ll tell you if it can improve the pumping.”

Spoonybard - 2012-07-23
like I said

SteamPoweredKleenex - 2012-07-23
So you're saying "useless" means "doesn't give Spoonybard a blowjob?"

garcet71283 - 2012-07-23
I dunno about you guys, but I sure as hell measure usefulness in capacity to give total strangers blowjobs.

BHWW - 2012-07-23
This Saturday, SyFy Presents...
hughmanatee - 2012-07-23

SolRo - 2012-07-24
DARPA is gonna cum money all over this shit to turn it into a sea drone thing.
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