Living robots made in a lab have found a new way to self-replicate, researchers say

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A dozen organisms designed by artificial intelligence known as xenobots (C-shaped; beige) beside loose frog stem cells (white). Douglas Blackiston & Sam Kriegman

Douglas Blackiston & Sam Kriegman

Scientists say they’ve witnessed a never-before-seen type of replication in organic robots created in the lab using frog cells. Among other things, the findings could have implications for regenerative medicine.

The discovery involves a xenobot – a simple, “programmable” organism that is created by assembling stem cells in a Petri dish — and is described by

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