Quest to build a heart gets lift from jellyfish – Boston.com
This is a great article describing how researchers at Harvard and Cal Tech, inspired by the movements of jellyfish, created a “pseudo-organism” using rat heart cells seeded onto an eight-lobed silica polymer. The resulting “Medusoid” responds to electrical stimuli and can propel itself by pumping, similar to the jellyfish. The work provides a foundation for building other artificial pumps, perhaps even a heart-like structure. Once again, Nature is shown to be an extraordinary engineer!