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Team Deploys Hundreds of Tiny Untethered Surgical Tools in First Animal Biopsies
April 23, 2013
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Using swarms of untethered grippers, each as small as a speck of dust, engineers and physicians have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.Full Story
Johns Hopkins University
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