A team researchers from his University Illinois, headed by the professor Taher Saif, announced the development of one bio-robot. It is a new kind of biologically inspired miniature robot that can swim through the human body, just as male reproductive cells (or sperm cells) do.
The creation of such robots is a rather complicated process, but it can lead to the development of new methods of delivering drugs to highly specific locations within the body. For example, doctors could use them to target cancer cells without destroying the surrounding tissue.
The hybrid robots are composed of living heart cells, and a tail, made of a special type of synthetic polymers.
Innovative microstructures can move at speeds ranging from 5 to 10 micrometers per second, although some more sophisticated versions can reach 81 micrometers per second, according to IEEE Spectrum.