American researchers have created a living PAC Man from frog cells that could create copies of themselves similar to reproduction! Experts are hoping that they could become the solution to plastic pollution and cancer! Let me explain how:
Living PAC Man robots made from frog cells could solve plastic pollution and cancer. The so-called Xenobots are millimeter-wide lifeforms made up of cells taken from frog embryos which are baby frogs. The frog embryo’s skin cells are used to build the mini-robot structure. The heart cells of the robot act like tiny motors to move the PAC-Man around.
Co-lead author Josh Bongard from the University of Vermont said that the Xenobots they found could walk. They found Xenobots that can swim and in this particular study, the scientists discovered that the Xenobots can replicate themselves. The US team now used AI-based technology that created Xenobots with PAC-Man-shaped mouths. They could be used to swim around and scoop up the plastic in the oceans and rivers. This can help prevent serious health issues from infecting people and animals! Let’s congratulate Sam Kriegman, Michael Levin, Josh Bongard, and Douglas Blackiston for the much-needed invention.
Plastic pollution is now considered one of the largest environmental threats facing humans and animals globally! And because it doesn’t degrade and instead breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, much of that plastic is still here on earth. The problem is clear: there is too much plastic which reduces tourism, trashes beaches, kills animals, and also contributes to climate change.
We need to address this as soon as possible as it’s already too late! We need people like Sian Sutherland from A Plastic Planet who are fighting to help reduce plastic pollution to make our earth a better place for our future generations to come! With this invention and people like Sian Sutherland, I am 100% confident that we are soon going to address our Global Plastic Problem!
By Sri Nihal Tammana