Scientists from the University of Vermont and Tufts University have developed a novel type of living, programmable organism using frog embryo cells. The new organisms were designed on supercomputers and assembled by biologists to form an entirely new classification of life that is neither robot, nor animal.

Scientists hope the tiny “xenobots” will one day be used for identifying radioactive contamination, collecting plastic pollution from the ocean, or scraping plaque from arteries.

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