Researchers at a British university say they might have invented themselves out of a job.

A new robotic system they developed can, for the first time, independently design and carry out a genetics experiment, then interpret the results.

No difference was found between the lab bench results generated by the robot scientist and those gathered by graduate students doing similar work, the researchers report in the Jan. 15 issue of the journal Nature.

The system remains in its infancy, but they hope...

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