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Robot Finger’s Living Skin Stretches, Heals Like the Real Thing
Researchers in Japan have given a plastic robot finger a layered coating made from actual, living skin cells. Next, they aim to add hair and sweat glands.
Robot Finger’s Living Skin Stretches, Heals Like the Real Thing
Robot Finger’s Living Skin Stretches, Heals Like the Real Thing

Researchers in Japan have given a plastic robot finger a layered coating made from actual, living skin cells. Next, they aim to add hair and sweat glands.

Researchers in Japan have given a plastic robot finger a layered coating made from actual, living skin cells. Next, they aim to add hair and sweat glands.

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