Invasion of the nanobees

Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 02009 by Kirk Citron
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The Long News: stories that might still matter fifty, or a hundred, or ten thousand years from now.

At a recent conference, Ray Kurzweil spoke about a future when tiny robots will swarm through our bloodstreams, repairing damage and curing disease. Well, the truth is, that future is already here — if you’re a mouse.

A sampling of recent news stories of tiny treatments:

1. Ouch: Nanobees zap tumors with real bee venom

2. Nanotherapies from many different labs:
Nanotech gene therapy kills ovarian cancer in mice
Researchers effectively treat tumors with use of nanotubes
Gel heals injured brain and bone

3. More fun with magnets:
Nanomagnets guide stem cells to damaged tissue
Using magnetism to turn drugs on and off

4. It’s not just for mice: Robot can crawl through human body

5.  Ouch, again: Mosquito bites used to deliver malaria “vaccine”

6. And further speculation from Dr. Kurzweil: Nanotech could make humans immortal by 2040

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  • That sounds scary… but might potentially be a medical break down. Wonder what happens to the nanobees after they have completed their job? Do they make their way out of the body? Just a thought for laugh. :)

  • The Nanobees article is very encouraging for treating cancer or tumour cells it would seem that what’s science fiction today in Ray Kurzweil and Kevin Warwick’s books is tomorrows reality.

  • Mary

    I’m hearing exactly the same anti-nano arguments as anti-GMO arguments. Same playbook, same crappy sources, same fear-based rhetoric, same people for the most part.


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