August 30th, 2014 at 8:10 am
New nanobots hunt down and destroy cancerous tumors
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An army of tiny weaponized robots traveling around a human body, hunting down malignant tumors and destroying them from within sounds like a scene from a science fiction novel. But research in Nature Communications today from the University of California Davis Cancer Center shows the prospect of that being a realistic scenario may not be far off.
Promising progress is being made in the development of a multi-purpose anti-tumor nanoparticle called “nanoporphyrin” that can help diagnose and treat cancers.
Cancer is the world’s biggest killer. In 2012, an estimated 14.1 million new cancer cases were diagnosed and around 8.2 million people died from cancer worldwide.
This year, cancer surpassed cardiovascular diseases to become the leading cause of death in Australia; 40,000 Australians died as a result of cancer last year. It’s no wonder that scientists explore every possible technology to efficiently and safely diagnose and treat the disease.
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Now here are some “weaponized robots” that we can all get behind.
God, the Universe, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster has enable humans to do both great and terrible things.
I hope we do more “great”.
Imagine this developing technology saving your loved one.
I pray for the individuals working on this to work faster, harder, and smarter.
Wish I could contribute, but for now we can all send good thoughts in their direction … …
… … and maybe God, the Universe, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster will hurry them along.
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