Synthetic Jellyfish

Hank tells us of a fascinating new experiment in synthetic biology – scientists have created a jellyfish out of silicone and rat heart cells. Like SciShow on Facebook: Follow SciShow on Twitter: References scishow, science, biology, jellyfish, immortal, jellies, news, medusoid, harvard, caltech, tissue engineering, synthetic biology, moon jelly, silicone, rat, heart, cell, muscle tissue, genetics, medicine, test, reverse engineering, animal, colossal squid, nature biotechnology, biotechnology
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22 Responses to Synthetic Jellyfish

  1. RJL738 says:

    Lol all this science and he just wants a Collosal Squide.

  2. Pecksta100 says:

    Synthetic Jellyfish = plastic bag. Am i wrong? 😉

  3. jonathandavidsch says:

    Think about it how could a rats heart have anything to do with the habits developed by an entirely differemt species?! “lahdeda, here i am in a jar, floting around…wait a sec, how did i get here, what am i? Well im sorta shaped lik a jellyfish therefore i am? Makes sense to me! Well i better start getting some food…hmmm i wonder why i feel so much like having some cheese?” Junk science. Daddy was a rat heart and mom was leftovers from a breast implant. Roflmmfao

  4. jonathandavidsch says:

    Its not at all remarkable. When salt is applyed to recently dead muscle tissue a series of movements and contortions will occur, but it doesnt mean life has been created, it is simply a biochemical reaction. This can be seen if you pour soy sauce on a japanese dish of octopus. Plus im sure they put the muscle cells on only one side of the silicone knowing full well the contractions would occur. If they put cells on both sides it would not have moved anything like a jellyfish.

  5. karina5186 says:

    Shh you musn’t let them hear you

  6. Lukas Smola says:

    i love u

  7. bipolarbear357 says:

    You can use cancer cells to make a lot of tissue for stuffs :3 I feel so special.

  8. pikistikman says:

    I thought that necromancy was illegal in today’s scientific research.

  9. ZaburFTW says:

    Hey if you’re into the kinky shit then hell, why not.

  10. karina5186 says:

    Little do we know two scientists sacrificed their left thumbs and one little toe each to extract the dead soul of a jellyfish from the Gate of Truth.

  11. Mark Joseph Middleton says:

    Depends if it can generate an organised phase conjugate dielectric field.

  12. birdman33369 says:

    “in fact it’s genetically a rat” lol i laughed pretty hard at the mental image of that. seeing all the rodent species on a chart, and then that horribly designed creature with them.

  13. juujuuuujj says:

    Am I the only one who has never heard of a jellyfish being referred to as “a jelly”?

  14. TheSimonXSays says:

    Release the Kraken!!!!!

  15. 7xXx666xXx7 says:

    Because we are gods now, this creation must pray to us and follow our guidelines or we will have no choice but to kill it and send it to hell destroying, punishing and making it feel bad too. If it does follow our rules (which we will send down to it in the form of a book with holey words we make a special prophet jellyfish write) then we should electronically store its memories on a heavenly usb stick where it will feel nice for eternity. :)

  16. Nick Backhouse says:

    The colossal squid already exists.

  17. Eirk Seoaon says:

    I am sure this has been said before but…. IT’S ALIVE!!!! Well not really but its a step in the right direction towards Techno-necromancity.

  18. ValkryeCayne says:

    then Samus suit…

  19. DiEvAlDiEvAl says:

    1:52 “2 words: Colossal. Squid. Please.” I think that was 3 words…

  20. Echo81Rumple83 says:

    That is just so awesome to hear about! I wish I had that kind of luck in high school (back then, the Internet wasn’t as cool as it is now).

  21. Echo81Rumple83 says:

    So the medusoid is essentially a patch of skin that simulates the walls of a beating heart. Gross.

  22. glock29sf says:

    I want to grow a tail!

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