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The National Institutes of Health grant $4.4 million in funding for affordable robots that can help healthcare and life sciences teams with daily tasks, such as designing prosthetics and diagnosing and treating disease.

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The National Institutes of Health this week announced $4.4 million in grants for projects aimed at developing robotics for healthcare and life sciences.

The funding was granted to teams working on developing a new generation of robotics, called "co-robotics," which aid people with everyday tasks in the healthcare field.

The developments include technology to aid engineers in designing prosthetics, miniature "robot pills" that help diagnose and treat disease and robots that help researchers create artificial tissues.

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