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An illustration of a microscope objecting beaming blue light onto a nematode worm with the labels objective, agar substrate, micro laser beams, paralyzed c. elegans, and controlled c. elegans movement
AI Controls Laser-Guided Robot Worms
Automated control of light-responsive nematode worms marks the first foray into the development of multicellular, biorobotic organisms.
AI Controls Laser-Guided Robot Worms
AI Controls Laser-Guided Robot Worms

Automated control of light-responsive nematode worms marks the first foray into the development of multicellular, biorobotic organisms.

Automated control of light-responsive nematode worms marks the first foray into the development of multicellular, biorobotic organisms.

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