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Watch Man-Controlled Bacteria Build a Nanoscale Pyramid

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by glych t.anomaly, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. glych t.anomaly

    glych t.anomaly TRIBE Member


    Forget nanobots. Who needs 'em? Since apparently we can now directly control live bacteria, and make them do our bidding. I'm in awe.

    The feat was accomplished—and extensively documented in the video above—by researchers at the NanoRobotics Laboratory of the École Polytechnique de Montréal. The bacteria in question are known as magnetotactic bacteria, which have internal compasses that respond to the pull of a magnetic field. The research team used just such a magnetic field to bunch the bacteria together en masse and manipulate their movements to accomplish simple tasks.

    While assembling a pyramid is a fun exercise, the practical applications down the road may involve nanobots after all. The scientists have already navigated a grouping of bacteria through the blood stream of a rat; in the future, they'll use that same technique to create a bacterial propulsion system for larger nanobots.

    Pretty amazing stuff; all the more so that we actually get to see it happen.

    More awesome science !!!!!

  2. skin deep

    skin deep TRIBE Member

    Are you a gizmodo editor?
  3. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    bacteria > nanobots
  4. Dr. Grinch

    Dr. Grinch TRIBE Member

    Unless you're talking about pretty resilient strains of bacteria, nanobots are far more durable.
  5. glych t.anomaly

    glych t.anomaly TRIBE Member

    HAH i wish

  6. Incrimin8

    Incrimin8 TRIBE Member

    reminds me of a book I read a while back - Prey by Michael Crichton. Nano technology gone wrong. Good read.
  7. JCrack

    JCrack TRIBE Member

    I read that a while back...good book
  8. Dialog

    Dialog TRIBE Member

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