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Nanobots can be considered as the infantry of precision medicine. They're able to carry drugs to specific cells, hammer (literally!) their way into cells, and deliver their payload right where it hurts.

These tiny robots aren't (usually) miniaturised versions of industrial robots - as things work very different at the cellular level and in the blood that they travel in. Their movement is more akin to bacteria with wriggling tails or spinning corkscrews, either powered by sugar in the body or by magnetic fields that help guide them to their target. The smallest nanobots may be made of DNA that is formed into a cage-like structure containing a pharmaceutical package that is release when the target is reached.

The larger (relatively, they're still tiny!) nanobots have micro-legs to help them move crawl along organs inside the body, or contain cameras and sensors to transmit detailed physiological information back to your doctor to help take the guess work out of diagnosis.

Many futurists predict that before we're halfway into the 21st century we will be injecting ourselves with thousands of nanobots that patrol our bodies keeping an eye out for pathogens and diseases and then swarming together to defend the body against damage.

Nanobots News

DNA Nanobots folds its way to funding for disease-targeting drug delivery

Business Wire - 24-Jan-2024

Tiny robots made of DNA can now deliver your medicine straight to the cells


Radiotherapeutic self-propelled nanobots shrink bladder tumors 90% in mice

GEN News - 15-Jan-2024

New, more efficient approach for personalized bladder cancer treatment


Wireless miniature robots navigate arteries, capable of performing vascular surgery

University of Twente - 11-Dec-2023

Opening doors for minimally invasive treatments of hard-to-reach blockages


Tiny robots made of DNA can self-replicate and deliver drugs inside the body

New Scientist - 06-Dec-2023

Potential future of targeted drug delivery and advanced nanotechnology applications

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Nanobots Resources

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Plenty of Room for Biology at the Bottom: An Introduction to Bionanotechnology


The book that takes the reader from the fundamentals of nanobiology to the most advanced applications written by Ehud Gazit

Eligo Bioscience

Synthetic Biology company for targeted antimicrobials and microbiome editing.

Could DNA nanorobots cure cancer

DNA nanobots will soon be tried in a critically ill leukemia patient

LIFNano Therapeutics

Company specifically focused on targeted delivery of the biologic, Leukaemia Inhibitory Factor (LIF)


Quantum biology startup developing diagnostics for early cancer detection with a nanotechnology platform


Company that provides products addressing the field of magnetic nanoparticle research and applications

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