This robot surgeon could revolutionize operations

A prototype already has the dexterity and skill to outperform human doctors

This robotic surgical system could be more accurate than human surgeons.
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Who's the ideal surgeon? Someone savvy; someone skilled. Someone efficient and dexterous. To most people, that job description sounds like one for the most educated, well-trained medical professionals. But to Peter Kim, a general and thoracic surgeon, that job description sounds ideal for someone — or something — else: a robot.

Kim is among the researchers who have created what they call STAR (Supervised Autonomic Robot). It's a robot that can do everything a human surgeon can, only better. And unlike its mechanized predecessors, it can operate on soft tissue within the body.

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