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Researchers develop soft robot to help implants adapt to the body

A team of researchers has developed a soft robot that could help medical implants such as pacemakers, breast implants, neural probes and drug delivery devices adapt to the body.

The team involved the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and AMBER at the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research.

Usually, the body delivers protection responses towards implanted devices. These body responses affect the function, performance and therapeutic efficacy of the implants.