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Could DNA nanorobots cure cancer

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

Interviews and animations of DNA origami – self assembled into open ended barrel shape with payload area and latch. Target cells express keys to open the nanorobot so hardly any healthy cells damaged.

Successfully tested their method in cell cultures and animals.

In a brief talk, Ido Bachelet said DNA nanobots will soon be tried in a critically ill leukemia patient. The patient, who has been given roughly six months to live, will receive an injection of DNA nanobots designed to interact with and destroy leukemia cells—while causing virtually zero collateral damage in healthy tissue.

According to Bachelet, his team have successfully tested their method in cell cultures and animals and written two papers on the subject, one in Science and one in Nature.

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George Church

Harvard Professor and PersonalGenomes.org Founder

Ido Bachelet

Postdoctoral Fellow at Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

Shawn Douglas

Assistant Professor at UCSF.

Wyss Institute

Research institute focused on developing bioinspired materials and devices