Scientists are on the verge of a major cancer breakthrough using the technology of nanomachines. Researchers have developed and are testing light-activated nanomachines, which can drill into individual cancer cells to destroy them in as little as 60 seconds.
"We are moving towards realizing our ambition to be able to use light-activated nanomachines to target cancer cells such as those in breast tumors and skin melanomas,” said Durham University’s Dr Robert Pal. “Once developed, this approach could provide a potential step change in non-invasive cancer treatment and greatly improve survival rates and patient welfare globally."
Another researcher, Dr James Tour from Rice University, said of the tiny motorized molecules, "These nanomachines are so small that we could park 50,000 of them across the diameter of a human hair. He added, "For many years I never had envisioned the nanomachines being used medically. I though they were way too small because they are much much smaller than a cell, but now this work has really changed my thoughts on this and I think therapeutically this will be a whole new way to treat patients. It's going to be an excellent application for cancer treatment, not just for killing of cells, but for the treatment of cells interacting with the human body using molecular machines."
“[W]ithin a few years, this is going to be a cancer treatment,” said Doc Thompson on Friday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson.” He went on to predict that this kind of medical technology would ultimately apply to many other health issues, saying, “They’ll be able to do that for anything, not just cancer.”