Researchers at Tel Aviv University have developed a tiny micro-robot, the size of a biological cell, which can be controlled and navigated using both electric and magnetic fields.

The micro-robot can move between cells in a biological sample, distinguish between healthy and dying cells, and transport desired cells for further study, such as genetic analysis or drug transfection.

The development could have important applications in medical diagnosis, drug transport, and environmental protection. The hybrid propulsion mechanism is particularly important in physiological environments where the electric drive is less effective, allowing for more effective navigation.

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