Scientists have developed microscopic robots, called anthrobots, made from human cells that can repair damaged neural tissue. Unlike previous xenobots made from frog cells, these anthrobots are self-assembling structures created using human tracheal skin cells. The researchers observed that the anthrobots, each composed of a few hundred cells, demonstrated various swimming patterns. To test their therapeutic potential, anthrobots were placed on scratched neural tissue, and within three days, the damaged neurons had completely healed under the influence of the anthrobots. The study suggests the potential for personalized medicine using anthrobots made from an individual's own tissue to address various medical applications, including clearing arteries, breaking up mucus, delivering drugs, and even contributing to regenerative medicine for purposes like limb regrowth. Although the idea of having microscopic ‘robots’ within my body is unsettling the benefits of this treatment can be crucial for healing hard-to-reach areas.
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