Artist’s visualisation of a nano-robot manipulation a red blood cell. Courtesy IEEE.

Nanorobots in the Bloodstream Could Cure Cancer

Robots come in all shapes and sizes, and can be used for an unending range of functions (see my blog on personal robots here) – but one that is gaining real interest at the moment, though it has long been the subject of science fiction, is the use of tiny robots which can be injected into our bodies. As you can imagine, in order for these robots to be small enough to fit inside our blood stream we are talking really tiny – we’re talking about nanorobots.

So What Are Nanorobots?

Nanorobots are so small that they are not visible to the naked eye – the nanoscale is 10-9 – to put this into context 100 nanoparticles are only as thick as a piece of paper.

Nanotechnology is a multidisciplinary science and involves research from a broad range of areas such as computer science, biology, electronics, mechanics, philosophy, ethics and law.

Dr. Gregory Fahy described all living organisms as “naturally-existing, fabulously complex systems of molecular nanotechnology.” His statement (taken from our article Nanorobots: Medicince of the Future) raises the interesting possibility that machines constructed at the molecular level might cure the human body of its various ills. This application of nanotechnology to the field of medicine is commonly called “nanomedicine“.

Currently, research into nanorobots for healthcare at MIT is producing very promising results and could transform the way we treat disease in the future.

One such area of research is in the treatment of cancer. By injecting pre-programmed nanorobots into the bloodstream that go straight to the tumour, the cancer could be treated with extreme accuracy. At present cancer drugs systematically increase the toxicity of the whole body – even the areas that are 100% healthy – and this is the reason that patients get very sick and often lose their hair. When nanorobots attack the tumour specifically however, the chemotherapy that they deliver can be 1000 times more powerful than using drugs, and wouldn’t cause the distressing side effects that patients experience now.

Read more: Nanorobots in the Bloodstream Could Cure Cancer — Urban Times.

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