In what is sure to qualify as the most bad-assery packed into a single sentence, a team at Harvard has reverse-engineered a jellyfish by using cells from a rat’s heart muscle, resulting in the world’s first synthetic jellyfish.
“Morphologically, we’ve built a jellyfish. Functionally, we’ve built a jellyfish. Genetically, this thing is a rat,” says Kit Parker, a biophysicist at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who led the work. The project is described today in Nature Biotechnology.”
Synthetic biology might be hands-down the most exciting discipline to be in right now. See the artificial medusoid for yourself below.
External link: Artificial jellyfish built from rat cells
Feature image: “Jellyfish Invasion” by RJFos