Building Useful Worker Devices From Nanoparticles and Cell Components
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2018

06

Jun

2018

Building Useful Worker Devices From Nanoparticles and Cell Components

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The medical nanorobots of decades to come will be a close fusion between natural and artificial molecular machinery. They will exist because it is possible to build worker devices that are more effective and efficient at a given task that evolved cells and cellular structures. Today, however, the state of the art involves melding simple cell structures with nanoparticles or other molecular machines. A great deal of innovation and experimentation is taking place, but it isn’t always clear which of these many projects will make the leap into commercial development, versus serving as an inspiration or bridge to later efforts in the lab. In many ways this is still the barnstorming era of biotechnology, in which we should expect many strange feats, works of art, and dead ends along the way to the standard tools of the 2040s and beyond.

Scientists have developed tiny ultrasound-powered robots that can swim through blood, removing harmful bacteria along with the toxins they produce. These proof-of-concept nanorobots could one day offer a safe and efficient way to detoxify and decontaminate biological fluids. Researchers built the nanorobots by

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