Submitted by Sabine Hauert, Simone Schürle, Famin Qiu, Bradley Nelson, and Sangeeta Bhatia from the Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies in the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT and the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at ETH Zurich
"Artificial Bacterial Flagella (ABFs) are helical microrobots that can be remotely controlled using magnetic fields, mimicking the propulsive motion of bacteria E. Coli. In this image you can see the trajectory of an ABF (16 micrometers in length) and the dynamics of the nanoparticles flowing around it. An Artificial Bacterial Flagellum could be used to improve the tissue penetration of nanoparticles in tumor tissue by pumping them out of vessels and through diffusive tumor environments."
Collection: Image Awards 2014