In a first, unmanned robot STAR performs tissue surgery by i
An unmanned robot has been used to stitch together a pig's bowel, moving science a step closer to automated surgery, say experts. Unlike existing machines, the Star robot is self-controlled - it doesn't need to be guided by a surgeon's hands.
In tests on pigs, it at least matched trained doctors at mending cut bowel, Science Translational Medicine reports.
But it is very early days and it remains to be seen if people would trust such a "hands-off" approach.
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