Elizabeth, I sincerely hope this is a very fast-growing field.
Beyond the molecular robots you've described, I've hopes to see true nanobot technology, ones that can be directed to a specific location in the body. Inoperable brain tumors would be a thing of the past.
For that matter, incurable wouldn't mean unbeatable. Such technology would permit going after the tumors each time they appear. Visits for treatment would be similar to weekly dialysis trips.
Very encouraging technology development and trend that could have a valuable impact in the future of health care. Targeting specific cells could dramatically reduce the collateral damage on surrounding healthy tissue and provide a new break-through in disease treatment.
I agree with you, TJ, this work is so exciting and relevant and has the ability to actually extend lives and help people fight diseases that are real heartbreakers. It's wonderful to see researchers targeting their work in this way.
As I said in my previous comment to TJ, Greg, I could not agree with you more. I lost my mom to cancer and watched the medication she was taking make her worse in her weakened state than better, causing the last few weeks of her life to be very difficult when she might have been more comfortable. I really hope this technology progresses and makes it out of the lab and can be successful for patients.
Sure thing, Ann. I really enjoy writing about technology that can make a difference. In terms of cancer, the people I know who've had the best experience fighting it are those who went the natural path and changed health and diet habits rather than underwent rounds and rounds of chemo or other treatment. I do think of course that these medications are worthwhile and necessary to fight disease, but targeting would make them so much more effective and prevent them from harming people with already compromised immune systems.
Elizabeth, I agree. Radiation therapy has been much better targeted than it was just a decade or so ago. One hopes that the chemotherapy versions can be likewise better utilized with innovations such as this one.
Could this be the beginning of Borg nano-probes? All joking aside, I agree that researchers should push the limits on developing this technology. Even though it will not eradicate everything, at least it gives people a fighting chance they would otherwise never get. Great piece Elizabeth!
The field of nano-technology is growing very fast. And a cure for such thing would be of great help to many people who have been suffering if this could lead to a success. And that too being focussed only only the affected area would be great
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