Thursday, March 25, 2010

Nanotech Robots Travel Through Blood to Turn Off Tumor Cells

Sounds like science fiction? Well, it certainly isn't... Scientist have successfully tested nanotech robots in human melanoma patients without any side effects.
According to a study led by Mark Davis at the California Institute of Technology, nanotech robots can use a method called RNA interference to find proteins associated with cancer growth and turn them off. In a study of three patients with melanoma, small polymer robots covered with transferrin (a protein) were able to get inside tumor cells. No word on if the nanobot injections were able to shrink the tumors, but it is encouraging to see that the ‘bots can at least find their way to the cancer.
This is an outstanding leap in medicine! I only wonder and fear the prolong safety of the patient with these microscopic robots in their blood. Are the robots in there indefinitely? I guess time and further testing will answer more of my questions as this exciting procedure unfolds...

via inhabitat

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