back to article JELLYFISH bio-bot built with rat cells to mend broken hearts

Boffins have fashioned an artificial bio-engineered jellyfish from rat cells that could one day fix up badly damaged human heart tissue. Researchers from Harvard and Caltech working towards building an artificial human heart cobbled together some silicon and some living rat heart cells to make a jellyfish that can pump through …

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Coat

I for one

welcome our jellified overlords.

Sorry, had to be done.

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your welcome

this bit's required apparently.

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Headmaster

Your welcome what?

I like to think it is short for "your welcome will ensure your survival when the day of the jellipocalypse arrives"

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Re: Your welcome what?

In the hillside?

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Terminator

bio-engineered rat jellyfish?

what could possibly go wrong?

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Devil

Re: bio-engineered rat jellyfish?

I have visions of the legendary "The Thing" being remade...as a documentary.

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Re: bio-engineered rat jellyfish?

I'm curious as to how it escaped the usual 'blobomination' tag.

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Hey Hey Hey

The chicken^Wrat heart was kept alive

in a special solution

thub thub. thub thub.

The XXXXXXXL orange shirt with the initials F.A. on it.

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Skrill from Earth: Final Conflict?

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Angel

"They then dropped Medusoid into a container of saltwater and shocked it into swimming just like the real thing."

Please, please tell me the researchers then clasped their hands together and shouted: "It's alive!", before laughing maniacally.

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Awesome

I do love it when we get to read about the more fun research that is going on around the globe. There are plenty of future practical applications for this sort of tech, but for now, it is just great to know that someone somewhere is being given the budget to make stuff like this work!

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Childcatcher

Re: Awesome

Don't worry the..

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..brigade will attempt to squash this idea before it goes an further. And if they don't win, the bible bashers will be along right behind them. The kill joys.

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Devil

Re: Awesome

But will you still be saying that when the Special Projects Bureau push the envelope??

<< because that's what it might look like!

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Have these people not watched 'Sharktopus'?

I mean I'm not even a scientist and I've seen it.

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Re: Have these people not watched 'Sharktopus'?

A movie called "The Jelly Rat" doesn't inspire much fear

"In Deep Water, nobody can eat their cheese"

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Not to detract from the efforts of these boffins, but weren't we on the verge of growing artificial hearts and or creating pigs with hearts that could be transplanted in to humans years ago? Did all these tacks dead end or were they sunk by the aforementioned killjoy brigades?

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RotJ

"weren't we on the verge of growing artificial hearts and or creating pigs with hearts that could be transplanted in to humans years ago?"

So all the promising pigs disappeared - and then these Rattus Cnidaria suddenly appear ?

Coincidence ?

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Anonymous Coward

Am I over-interpreting this...

or does it PROVE that the creationists were right all along?

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Re: Am I over-interpreting this...

It'll be a cold, cold day in hell before any of those twats are proven right.

The pun and irony of that statement was intended.

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Silly cone

It looks like our favourite hack is confused between silicon and silicone. Let's hope the boffins know the difference.

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Given the lack of popularity of plastic surgery in Switzerland and the lack of mating opportunities being buried in an underground tunnel 12hrs a day with other boffins entails...I doubt it.

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Scientists with the best of intentions build jellyfish bio bot!

No.... This doesn't sound like the start to an apocalypse movie at all...

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Or, as TS Eliot might have said

Jellyfish rats come make a clone

Jellyfish rats make bodily parts

With jellyfish, rat and silicone

Jellyfish rats make a jellyfish heart

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Hearts

—will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.

—The Great and Powerful Oz

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Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman

You were all thinking it, I jsut said it.

Some amazing stuff over the horizon though.

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Happy

. . . and after the news, next on Jellyfish/Rat FM ....

"I left my jellyfish/rat in San Franciso" sung by Frank (ratpack) Sinatra

and the list goes on . . .

but I hope not.

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For with strange aeons it may come to pass.......

that the Necronimicon's prophecies were mis-interpreted, the rise of Great Cthulhu from sunken R'Lieh was actually a reference to the rise of the escaped hyper intelligent ratctopus from the depths.

Even death has died.

Hopefully he will eat me first.

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Idle Speculation

...on my part, but what would stop your hyper-intelligent jellyfish-rat heart from getting bored one day, ripping free from where it was implanted inside your chest, and swimming around your delicious, juicy, oozing internal organs and stinging you to death from the inside...?

THE HORROR...

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