Voyage Of The Bacteria Bots: Self-Propelled Microbots Navigate Through Blood Vessels, École Polytechnique de Montréal Development
10/31/2008 7:50:32 AM
Technology Review (MIT) -- The 1966 science-fiction movie Fantastic Voyage famously imagined using a tiny ship to combat disease inside the body. With the advent of nanotechnology, researchers are inching closer to creating something almost as fantastic. A microscopic device that could swim through the bloodstream and directly target the site of disease, such as a tumor, could offer radical new treatments. To get to a tumor, however, such a device would have to be small and agile enough to navigate through a labyrinth of tiny blood vessels, some far thinner than a human hair.