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Crab-like Robot Removes Stomach Cancer, Doesn’t Crawl Sideways

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Researchers from Singapore have created a small robot designed to remove stomach cancer in its early stages. Ironically, this tiny robot looks like a crab, since it uses a pincer and a hook to do the job. A robot that fights cancer, that looks like a crab, which is the zodiac sign of Cancer. This is some weird and wonderful stuff.

The robot is mounted on an endoscope which gets to the stomach via the patient’s mouth. The pincer grabs the tissue to be removed, and the hook can cut the tissue and cauterize it to stop the bleeding. That doesn’t sound like fun at all, but at least the robot doesn’t leave an external scar, so that’s a plus. Your surgeon would be watching through the little camera in the endoscope, while he controls the robot inside you.

This is a stomach crab gnawing away at your cancer. Inside of you. The future is (almost) here people. It will be at least three years until it is commercially in use.

[via medgadget]