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Nanobots to Fight Cancer and Build Tissue Staff Writer

Friday, July 22, 2016

Nanobots to Fight Cancer and Build Tissue

In the 1966 Sci Fi film, “Fantastic Voyage,” a submarine and multi-disciplinary experts were shrunk to microscopic size and injected into the bloodstream of a barely-surviving assassination-attempt victim in order to save his life. In the same vein (get it?!), today’s researchers have created microscopic robots, none of which are as busty as Raquel Welch, to combat disease, rebuild tissue and otherwise perform medical tasks requiring precision on a nanoscale. A brief tutorial on nanobot technology can be accessed on YouTube:

Researchers are initially most excited about the use of nanobots, folded and programmed DNA strands, to combat cancer. An enduring problem with cancer treatments is their devastating effects on healthy tissues surrounding cancerous cells/tumors and often making treatment deadly. With nanobots, which carry powerful medicines or even combinations of medicines, can home in on the cancer, time-release medicines and avoid the surrounding healthy tissue. The avoidance of collateral harm to healthy tissues would be a significant step forward in cancer treatment.

Nanorobotics is not merely a hope for the future. It is being tested on a late-stage leukemia patient who is otherwise not expected to survive past the summer of 2015. If the treatment is successful, researchers estimate that nanorobotics will be available to the general public in 1 to 5 years.

Researchers are also optimistic that nanobots can eventually be taught to link within the body and repair/rebuild tissue, such as spinal cords and muscles. Imagine the possibilities if nanobots could rebuild or repair vital body tissues and organs. The prospects are mind-boggling!

Of course, there are some concerns about nanobots. The expense of preparing, programming and employing nanobots may prevent their widespread use among the population. In addition, something as intrusive as a nanobot could conceivably be used in biological warfare to devastate rather than cure. Finally, as soon as I heard of nanobots being taught to link and grow, I remembered another Sci Fi film: 1958’s “The Blob,” though this flesh-absorbing monster would come from Earth rather than space. One can only hope we could freeze them a la Steve McQueen.

By Kathy Catanzarite

Source: Kathy Catanzarite - Writer

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