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18 July 2016

A surgical robot called STAR

Robots may be taking over the hospital operating theatres of the future. But don’t worry – they’ll be well qualified to do so. A surgical robot called STAR (for ‘Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot) has recently outperformed human surgeons in stitching the small intestines of pigs back together. Its sutures were more evenly spaced, accurate and durable than those created by its human counterparts. The scientists who created STAR believe that it will one day be possible to build smart robots capable of performing complete surgical procedures without help from people.

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