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New Robot Surgeon Works on Its Own

The robot is called Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot, or STAR

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    New Robot Surgeon Works on Its Own
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    The Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot performs soft tissue surgery on pig intestinal tissue.

    A new type of robot can perform tricky surgery as well as — and in some cases better than — human surgeons, NBC News reported. 

    Researchers with Children’s National Medical Center in Washington said the new robot — called Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot, or STAR — could be operated with minimal human supervision. That means it frees up surgeons for work that requires more thought. 

    The team, led by Dr. Peter Kim of Children's National Medical Center in Washington, compared the robot to some existing systems and to human surgeons. It was reported to be slow, but accurate, and managed to sew together two ends of a tiny pig intestine.