15 February 2018

nanorobot Arizona State University

The nanorobot. (Credit: Jason Drees/Arizona State University)

The world of technology never ceases to amaze me.

Scrolling through the headlines this morning, I was amazed to read about a breakthrough in the treatment of cancer. The treatment uses something called nanorobots.

As described in the BusinessCloud article, these nanorobots consist of a flat sheet of DNA which is 1,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair and can be folded in on itself – like origami – to make a hollow tube. The nanorobots then home in on and destroy tumours without damaging any healthy cells.

The technology has so far been tested on mice and miniature pigs by Arizona State University.

The team are now looking for clinical partners to further the tech.

It is astonishing just how much we can achieve with the right amount of ingenuity and innovation. The potential that technology can have on our lives is seemingly limitless.

The conversation around this technology suggests that doctors could use this technique across treatment of multiple cancer types and the diagnosis of disease. There has also been research to trial using nanotechnology to deliver drugs to directly treat cancer cells.

Technology is progressing faster than we can keep up with

It’s hard to think of a better use of innovation and tech than to treat one of the most prevalent killers of the modern world.

It’s extraordinary how quickly we’re making progress with future-ready technologies like this. Whenever I read of something as advanced as this technology, I can’t help but wonder what my Uncle Phil (Grandpa) would say. He lived to reach 105 years old and remembered horse-drawn ambulances! When you look back 100 years, the pace of change is phenomenal and it’s seemingly speeding up.

That brings challenges for those in the industry trying to keep pace, we couldn’t have it any other way. Technology (and those within the industry) is there to solve problems first and foremost. It’s in its very nature. With that purpose driving the engine, there’s no chance of the pace of change in technology ever slowing down.

I can’t wait to read what’s to come next! I look forward to reaching 100 years old and telling my family how I remember the days before nanorobots, self-driving cars and consumer space travel!

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