Scientists create a robotic implant that stretches organs to promote tissue growth

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If you have science fiction nightmares of a robot apocalypse you should probably just stop reading right now. For those of you still here, I have good(?) news! Scientists at Boston Children's Hospital have invented a robot that can be implanted into the body where it pulls on organs in order to promote tissue growth and healing. Hooray!

The robot, which has been tested in the bodies of pigs, is designed to gradually stretch out tubular organs like the esophagus in order to lengthen them while prompting tissue growth. The system is shown to be capable of lengthening an esophagus as much as 75% without requiring that the animal be placed into a medically-induced coma, and while allowing it to remain mobile. The research was published in Science Robotics.

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