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Microscopic oars move organism: protozoan

Bundles of microtubules projecting from the microscopic Sticholonche zanclea move the protozoans along through a rowing motion.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"At least one odd actinopod, heliozoan protozoan, Sticholonche, rows along with oars made of bundles of microtubules that emerge from the nuclear membrane through microfibrillar oarlocks. These form the central axes of external cytoplasmic protrusions--oars of a sort (Cachon and Cachon 1978; Margulis and Schwartz 1998)." (Vogel 2003:450)
About the inspiring organism
Protozoa
Protozoa

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Devices for maneuvering or delivering nanoscale materials.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Nanotechnology, medical

References
Steven Vogel. 2003. Comparative Biomechanics: Life's Physical World. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 580 p.
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