I hope that this blog will serve as a resource for all those interested in biology and jellies (with occasional bits of other fun stuff thrown in). I’ll be working over the next few days to build this little blog.
In the meantime, I’ll direct your attention to a very exciting jelly-inspired scientific breakthrough– scientists have successfully bio-engineered a “jellyfish” out of silicone and rat heart cells. It is hoped that this technology will eventually help researchers grow complex tissues in the lab. To make this invention possible, biologists and engineers worked together to describe how jellyfish move and swim on a cellular level, and then copied this by directing rat heart cells to grow the same way on a small silicone wafer: