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Robotic Lab Technician Melds Precision and Programmability
Mahoro handles biohazards so humans won't have to
By Casey Nobile


The laboratory robot, co-developed in Japan by the National Institute of Advanced Science and Technology (AIST) and Yaskawa, is distinctive as much for his efficiency and versatility as his unique programmability.

Referred to as a general-purpose robot, Mahoro was designed to perform the repetitive tasks, such as dispensing and culturing, necessary in clinical tests with more accuracy than human technicians. When tested against veteran lab workers, the robot completed given tasks with better results and in half the time it took his human counterparts.

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Casey Nobile is Manager of EH Publishing’s Robotics Division, including Robotics Business Review, Robotics Trends, RoboBusiness and the Robotics Marketplace at CES. She is passionate about developing connections between robotics technologies and the corporate world. Nobile has a master’s degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College.

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