The project, described in Friday’s issue of the journal Sci­ence, involved researchers from six coun­tries. Baughman and col­leagues, including the paper’s lead author, Carter Haines, also at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas at Dallas, focus on these arti­fi­cial mus­cles for use in mechan­ical devices. But some researchers sug­gest that the work may hold clues for finding mate­rials to use to repair dam­aged human muscles.

I think this is neat,” says Thomas Web­ster, who heads the chem­ical engi­neering depart­ment at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston and focuses his research on using human-​​engineered mate­rials as replace­ments for human tissue.

He cau­tions that to call the devices Baughman and col­leagues pro­duced “mus­cles” could mis­lead some people into thinking that a new tool for restoring dam­aged human mus­cles is at hand, which is not the case.

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