Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Cyborg snails, cockroaches and beetles

Source: Nature News & Comment

A team of researchers at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, have implanted tiny biofuel cells that extract electrical power from the glucose and oxygen in snails’ blood. Munching mainly on carrots, the cyborg snails live for around half a year and generate electricity whenever their implanted electrodes are hooked up to an external circuit.

Snails are just one of several living creatures to have been ‘electrified’ like this. Biofuel cells have also been implanted into live cockroaches and beetles. All of these efforts are aimed at helping to create insect (or snail) cyborgs, a concept that has attracted funding from the US Department of Defense.

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