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Team Deploys Hundreds of Tiny Untethered Surgical Tools in First Animal Biopsies
April 23, 2013
Using swarms of untethered grippers, each as small as a speck of dust, engineers and physicians have devised a new way to perform biopsies that could provide a more effective way to access narrow conduits in the body, as well as find early signs of cancer or other diseases.
Johns Hopkins University
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