Marine biologists have created ‘soft robotic linguine fingers’ to conduct undersea research on delicate marine organisms like Jellyfish, the slippery Scyphozoan. It was discovered that they expressed substantially lesser stress related genes than when gripped by the customary submersible gripper. This has resulted in collection of ecological data in a gentler, less intrusive manner using Genomics.
Since jellyfish can’t express discomfort or pain as explicitly as dogs or cats, variations and differences in gene expressions were analyzed by researchers using gene sequencing to understand the reactions of jellyfish to various kinds of grippers. In accordance to their general response to stress, they went into self-repair/ stress mode. But the new linguine finger grippers received lesser stress signals than the traditional grippers.
This has been a breakthrough in undersea interaction and exploration as softer robots can help in all sorts of delicate interactions which usually used to require forceful measures. These robots are made of flexible, tough and lightweight materials that ensure robust performance undersea. These robots can also be used in other fields, like harvesting fruits off trees without harming, bruising or piercing them as well as rehabilitating muscles of stroke patients, i.e. all kinds of operations that are difficult for the traditional rigid and cumbersome robots.
With the inclusion of soft robots, it's becoming possible to take swabs of DNA and even conduct medical checkups of deep-sea organisms in real time, with little physical impact.
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