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All-terrain microrobot flips through a live colon



Tumbling Magnetic Microrobots In Vivo

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Purdue University Mechanical Engineering
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Published on Oct 15, 2020

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https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2020/Q4/all-terrain-microrobot-flips-through-a-live-colon.html

October 15, 2020

All-terrain microrobot flips through a live colon

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. A rectangular robot as tiny as a few human hairs can travel throughout a colon by doing back flips, Purdue University engineers have demonstrated in live animal models.

Why the back flips? Because the goal is to use these robots to transport drugs in humans, whose colons and other organs have rough terrain. Side flips work, too.

Why a back-flipping robot to transport drugs? Getting a drug directly to its target site could remove side effects, such as hair loss or stomach bleeding, that the drug may otherwise cause by interacting with other organs along the way.

The study, published in the journal Micromachines, is the first demonstration of a microrobot tumbling through a biological system in vivo. Since it is too small to carry a battery, the microrobot is powered and wirelessly controlled from the outside by a magnetic field.

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Mon Oct 26, 2020, 07:56 AM

1. Wow

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Mon Oct 26, 2020, 08:20 AM

2. Amazing! Calls for a song

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 11:05 AM

3. LMAO. n/t

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Response to whopis01 (Reply #3)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 11:06 AM

4. No pun intended? Ha (nt)

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Mon Oct 26, 2020, 11:13 AM

5. Oh damn - I didn't even see my own pun there... lol. n/t

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