Singapore researchers develop crab robot that cuts away stomach cancer

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Singapore Crab Robot Stomach Cancer

Though it certainly appears menacing at first glance, the mechanical “crab” you see above could be saving countless lives before long. It’s the handiwork of researchers in Singapore — led by Lawrence Ho and Louis Phee — who set out to improve upon traditional means of removing early-stage gastric (stomach) cancer. The minuscule robot is placed at the tip of an endoscope and travels to the afflicted region by entering through a patient’s mouth. Armed with a pincer for grabbing hold of cancerous tissue, the crab’s other “leg” is a hook which can then slice away the area and coagulate the wound to stem any bleeding.

Doctors control the robot’s fine movements through the aid of a built-in camera, with the level of precision offered by…

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