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Researchers in the US have created an artificial jellyfish from silicon and living cardiac muscle cells, and it can swim freely. The rat heart muscle tissue is stimulated electrically and this ‘beats’ to create the jellyfish’s propulsive force. This is called ‘Medusoid’ and could be a step towards synthetic life.
Medusoid an artificial jellyfish

Credit: Harvard University and Caltech

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Researchers have made synthetic genetic material, called XNA. This uses six altered bases, made from the existing ‘letters’ in DNA, thymine, adenine, guanine and cytosine (T, A, G and C). The synthetic XNA could replicate and evolve. This could help us learn about how DNA began, and could one day lead to creation of synthetic life, though that is a very long way off.

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