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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  • Wen Hui

    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. :)

  • Cali

    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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