Cancer-fighting army? Magnetic robot swarms could combat disease

Researchers have developed magnetic micromachines which can be controlled remotely inside the human body by application of external magnetic fields. These micromachines could be a great next step in delivering minimally invasive therapy.

Over the past decade, scientists have shown they can manipulate magnetic forces to guide medical devices within the human body, as these fields can apply forces to remotely control objects.

These robots are promising candidates for minimally invasive local therapy delivery, and cancer cells can now be targeted with extra precision. Learn more here: http://www.livescience.com/57898-magnetic-robot-swarms-could-fight-cancer.html

Photo credits: J. Rahmer and B. Gleich/Philips Research


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