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Scientists create robot that travels through body to cure diseases

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Scientists create Transformer-style robot that travels through human body to cure diseases

A Transformer-style robot that travels through the human body to cure diseases has been created by scientists.

The tiny shape-shifting machine - named “millibot” - is inspired by the Japanese paper-folding art of origami.

It is controlled by magnets and can carry payloads directly to a tumour, blood clot or infection.

The millibot can crawl, spin and swim to enter narrow spaces - dispensing drugs or investigating inner workings.

Unlike tablets swallowed or liquids injected, it withholds medicine until “it reaches the target and then releases a high-concentration drug.”

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