The world’s first miniature robot hand to be used in real surgery

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Using robots to perform medical treatment has been the thing of science fiction for decades, but an operation completed in Paraguay this month has made the stuff of fantasy a reality. In what is thought to be the first in human use of a miniaturized robotic device for surgery, the tiny robot, developed by California-based company Virtual Incision, helped cut away potentially cancerous growths and lesions in the patient's lower gut. Unlike larger robots that can perform some operations from outside the patient's body, the Virtual Incision robot is a small, self-contained surgical device that is inserted through a small cut…

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