While you were sitting at your desk thinking about the cheeseburger you’re going to eat for lunch tomorrow, some labcoats at Harvard were curing cancer with nanorobots. Probably while thinking about cheeseburgers. I bet you feel pretty bad about yourself now, don’t you?
Scientists at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering said they have developed a robotic device made from DNA that could potentially seek specific cell targets and deliver important molecular instructions, such as telling cancer cells to self-destruct.
The researchers said in a press release they were inspired by the mechanics of the body’s immune system. The technology may some day be used to program immune responses to treat various diseases, they wrote in today’s issue of Science.
I’m not going to attempt to summarize what the scientists did; let’s just say it involved DNA, origami, barrels, and lasers.
So, while you’re eating your “Goddamnit, it’s Friday and I’ll do what I want” cheeseburger tomorrow, remember that the colon cancer you’ll eventually develop from all that charred meat will likely be cured by a nanorobot with functions modeled on the human immune system. Hooray for tiny robots and also cheeseburgers!