VIDEO: Tiny robotic starfish given the task of performing a biopsy... inside your colon

06/03/2015 - 00:00

By Rachel Courtland -

In the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage, scientists at a U.S. laboratory shrink a submarine called Proteus and its human crew to microscopic size and then inject the vessel into an ailing scientist. Once inside, Proteus motors its way through the bloodstream and into the brain, where members of the crew don scuba gear and use a laser gun to perform delicate surgery.

From our comfortable 21st-century perch, there is a lot in Fantastic Voyageto smile about.