Tiny ‘surgeon’ robots make cuts from within the body

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Tiny ‘surgeon’ robots make cuts from within the body

The robots change shape in response to temperature, contracting to fit into tight spaces in the body

Natasha Bernal

Tiny shapeshifting robots that can make precise cuts within the human body and one day replace surgeons are being developed by scientists in Edinburgh.

A team at Heriot-Watt University is starting a project to manufacture the robots, which will be as small as 1mm in diameter, using a shape-memory alloy.

Thanks to this material, the robots will be able to change their shape in response to temperature, contracting to fit into tight spaces in the human body. ..

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