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In a new study in Nature Biotechnology, Harvard University researchers describe how they've bioengineered an artificial jellyfish using heart cells from a rat, reports Ed Yong at Nature News. The result — a synthetic creature called a medusoid — is morphologically a jellyfish and genetically a rat.

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