Small As A Cell, These Robots Will Now Detect Every Disease; Thanks To Them

Recent advancements in healthcare technology has introduced cure to such diseases which were believed to be incurable a few years ago.   These were either gizmos or pills till now, but to develop something like micro-bots of the size of a cell was still limited to sci-fi movies like G.I.Joe where the nano bots enhanced the capabilities of human body. But recently, with the efforts of a group of scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), this concept has been brought into life with evolutionary capabilities.

Why it was needed?

Although technology is evolving everyday to counter severe diseases but every disease has its specific behavior. Some can be easily and early diagnosed, while some only show effect when it’s already too late. So there was a need for something effective that can enable us to detect such threats before it’s too late. It was only possible with a mechanism that could continuously monitor our body and respond to anything unusual. So a group of scientists from MIT developed a technique to mass produce robots called syncells which are as small as a cell and are capable of circulating in the body with the blood stream.


These tiny objects behave like a living biological cell,” says Michael Strano, a professor at MIT.

How they did it?

To develop a thing so small in a huge quantity required a well controlled fracturing process of atomically-thin, brittle materials. They achieved it by a process known as auto-perforation that directs the fracture lines in such a way that they produce miniscule pockets of predictable shape and size. Electronic circuits are embedded within these pockets which are capable of collecting data to check for any abnormal behavior of body parts. These bots use a two dimensional allotrope of carbon called graphene, which forms the outer structure of these syncells. Their work has been published in the journal of nature materials.


The benefits to society

This will not just be helpful in monitoring the body but will be highly responsive in dealing with situations like silent heart attacks, cancer, early detection of diabetes and many other diseases. The syncells are believed to be harmless because of their living biological cell type behavior. This is an evolutionary step towards a healthier future. With innovations like these, the quality of population can be improved, making the human race a better version of itself. This innovation also affirmed the fact that today’s science fiction is often tomorrow’s science fact.

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