Bio-Bots Powered By Real Muscle Can Walk On Command

University of Illinois engineers just showed off a new kind of robot that's half animal, half machine. More specifically, it's a tiny "bio-bot" that's powered by actual muscle but supported by 3D-printed hydro-gels. And the best part is that it can be controlled by pulses of electricity. » 7/02/14 12:40pm 7/02/14 12:40pm

Concrete-Printing Bees And Other Living 3D Printers

Gizmodo's 3D Printing Week, a collaborative project with GE that comes to a close this evening, would only be partially complete without a look at the use of animals as living 3D printers. They are sentient printheads, we might say: biological sources of material, whether it's silk and honey or plastic and even, as… » 12/06/13 5:20pm 12/06/13 5:20pm

How to Grow a Human Heart

Nature has a nice dive into the scientific quest to grow complex organs like a human heart. No, it hasn't been done yet—but it's surprisingly within reach. » 7/03/13 4:10pm 7/03/13 4:10pm

New DNA-Based Transistor Brings Us One Step Closer to True Human…

The increasingly ambiguous divide between man and machine just got blurred that much more with Stanford's recent announcement: scientists have successfully created the first truly biological transistor made entirely out of genetic material. » 3/29/13 12:25pm 3/29/13 12:25pm

This Artificial Jellyfish Was Built Using Rat Cells

Scientists have managed to build an artificial jelly fish entirely from rat cells, which can pulse and swim when exposed to an electric field, just like its living counterpart. » 7/23/12 5:31am 7/23/12 5:31am

Ten Years In, Lab-Grown Meat Still Stuck In Its Infancy

Dr. Vladimir Mironov estimates it will take $1 billion to make lab-grown meat products a reality and use them to solve world hunger forever. He barely has $1 million. Won't you help him save the world? » 1/30/11 7:00pm 1/30/11 7:00pm

Designer Life Forms, Coming Soon Whether You Like It Or Not

Flu vaccines in a matter of hours. Bioengineering facilities the size of San Francisco. Cells and DNA, upgraded like living software. This is the future microbiologist Dr. Craig Venter sees as inevitable, and it's only a few years away. » 11/21/10 9:00pm 11/21/10 9:00pm