back to article Chilli crab scoffing boffins build anti-cancer claw robot

The fight against cancer reached a weird new level after Singapore’s centuries-old chilli crab dish inspired boffins to build a tumour-removing robot. Widespread reports explain that the gear, which is mounted on an endoscope, has a small pair of pincers to grab the affected area, an even smaller hook to slice off the cancerous …

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Facepalm

Oh, the irony!

"Quite what the hawkers of Singapore’s fabled food markets think about one of their most famous creations being associated with a life-threatening illness remains to be seen"

Well, the better-informed ones, or at least the ones familiar with astrology, would know that the Latin word "cancer" means "crab", so it always was associated thus!

The irony, of course, is a crab-inspired technology being used to cure that illness.

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You're going to feel

A slight pinch.

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Coat

foiled!

drat. and there was me hoping that there was going to be a scientific bases for consuming vast amounts of chilli crab... ah well...

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Happy

Scientific excuse for eating lots of chilli crab?

.. it tastes SO good! Almost as good as pepper crab or butter crab.

What other reason d'you need ..?

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Anonymous Coward

Goes well with beer. That's scientific enough for me.

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@Jon Green

Dead right. The German language has actually kept this link until today - so "Krebs" means cancer, the Cancer star sign, or a crab.

(Off-topic: The Virgo star-sign is "Jungfrau" in German, which means "virgin". As a lad of 16 or so, I thought things were moving a bit fast when my German girlfriend said "Ich bin Jungfrau". But sadly she was only talking about her star-sign and wasn't initiating hanky-panky...)

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@Graham

No tit for tat for you, then.

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From TFA: "With the help of a tiny camera attached to the endoscope, the surgeon sees what's inside the gut and controls the robotic arms remotely while sitting in front of a monitor screen."

I think that makes this a sort of crab-waldo rather than a proper full-on robot. A nano-bot-crab sitting in one's stomach, stripping out cancerous cells and drawing its nourishment from chilli was what I was kind of expecting. Too much, I know.

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Happy

Let me know

when they put on an endoscope a small pair of pincers, a small camera and light, an even smaller hook and a tiny graduate oncologist from Johns Hopkins Medical School specializing in tumor quarrying.

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Anonymous Coward

I say!

"The robotic gadget could be ready for commercial use in another three." You mean we can use them on _Bankers_?

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