DNA Robots Target Cancer

DNA nanorobots that travel the bloodstream, find tumors, and dispense a protein that causes blood clotting trigger the death of cancer cells in mice, according to a study published ten days ago! The international team of researchers started with the goal of finding a path to design nanorobots that can be applied to treatment of cancer in humans.

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Sometimes reality seems like a movie.

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We have multiple robots exploring Mars. We have dog - robots opening the door. We are mastering precision editing of our DNA with CRISPR. But we still have to "eject" hard drives before disconnecting them:)

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Who's doing the testing of these in mice?

5 hours ago, franco said:

DNA nanorobots that travel the bloodstream, find tumors, and dispense a protein that causes blood clotting trigger the death of cancer cells in mice, according to a study published ten days ago! The international team of researchers started with the goal of finding a path to design nanorobots that can be applied to treatment of cancer in humans.

 

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It’s a long way away but promising.

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Yup. The potential for this sort of model is quite awesome.

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Is there any data on how many cancers could be avoided by lifestyle changes? Just wondering if the money spent on nanorobots could be better spent on promoting healthier lifestyles in a way that has an immediate impact.

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There is no doubt that nanotechnology is the future. 

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Hope the pharmaceutical-industrial complex doesn't eliminate this breakthrough. Conflict of interest.

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24 minutes ago, damirUSBiH said:

Hope the pharmaceutical-industrial complex doesn't eliminate this breakthrough. Conflict of interest.

Definitely - there will be conflict. Guaranteed. 

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11 minutes ago, CMOP said:

Definitely - there will be conflict. Guaranteed. 

Right--there is not much profit in a cure--only in treatment.

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I'm sure everything in their power will be done to stymie an actual cure for cancer, which probably could have existed ages ago. 

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I guess I'm not sure that it's a conscious effort to quash a cure--I think probably more likely is just that there is not the same profit incentive in cures than there is in treatments. I think people are working towards this end, but I think Big Pharma is really focusing more on treatments.

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