Bacteriobot to Make Cancer Treatments Simple

December 20, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The world’s first nanorobot has been developed and unveiled in South Korea that will detect and treat cancer with a much more targeted approach.

The development has been made by a group of South Korean scientists from the Chonnam National University. The team used genetically modified bacteria to detect and help cancer treatments.

This bacteria detects unique substances and proteins like vascular endothelial growth factor, which are evident when cancer cells are present. The research for the project was also partially funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning. What happens one the robot detects the cancer prone area? It automatically sprays anticancer drugs!

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This treatment, if successful, will be much more target specific and hence, will get rid of many side effects that are faced in the present form of cancer treatments which affects the body as a whole. South Korea claims that this is the world’s first nanorobot in active medical treatment and we don’t feel the need to dispute that! This is the first time we hear of nanorobots in the field of medicine.

But the new invention also comes with a drawback, as of now,  this can only detect solid cancers like breast or colorectal cancer. Though, the efforts for advancement are already on.

The nanorobot, which is named Bacteriobot, has already been patented in several countries like United States, Japan and countries under the European Union.

The research can be found at the latest edition of Scientific Reports, an online journal published by the Nature Publishing Group.

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