What are xenobots?

In a nutshell, xenobots are biological robots.

Xenobots are tiny entities, no more than 1mm in size, built using living cells.

Their constituent components distinguish them from a typical robot made of plastic or metal.

Because their building blocks are technically “alive”, xenobots can be understood as machines built out of living systems.

Why are they robots if they comprise solely of organic cellular material?

They are robots simply because these entities are programmable, much like computer-coded AI.

Scientists currently harvest frogs’ skin and heart cells to create xenobots.

More specifically, a sub-Saharan species of frog named Xenopus Laevis.

Putting the two together makes for an interesting portmanteau—the xenobot!