Medical Microbot That Targets Problem Areas Undergoing Animal Testing
Prototype robots could change the game in several fields of internal health
Remember the movies Innerspace and Fantastic Voyage, where people shrank to microscopic size and went inside a human body to do good? We don't have that yet, despite the fact that the 2010s seems to be the decade where all of our science fiction tech fantasies came true. However, Researchers at the University of California in San Diego have created something reasonably close.
“Micromisiles” are robots about 20 micrometers long – about half as long as a hair is thick — designed to enter the stomach and deliver payloads of drugs to specific targets. This represents an improvement over oral medication, which essentially doses everything and trusts the pharmaceutical carpet-bombing will get some of the medication to its key target.