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Photos of the Day: Robo-Sperm, Medical Miniaturization, and Stephen Colbert

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 12:13pm
Institute for Integrative Nanosciences

A new biohybrid micro-robot is developed by capturing bovine sperm cells inside ferromagnetic microtubes that use the motile cells as driving force. These micro-bio-robots can be remotely controlled by an external magnetic field. The performance of micro-robots is described in dependence on tube radius, cell penetration and temperature. The combination of a biological power source and a microdevice is a compelling approach to the development of new microrobotic devices with fascinating future applications such as in-vivo artificial fertilization.

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