If there was technology on the market that could scan your body and detect any disease, including cancer, would you use it? That type of technology may soon be available through research being conducted by Google X.
Google X is a facility run by Google and dedicated to making technological advancements. The labs were opened in 2010 with the innovative development of self-driving cars. Today, it would seem that their focus has moved on to the human condition and early detection of disease. Google is always busy and have also formed a new company last year called Calico with a mission to address problems of health and aging by harnessing advanced technologies.
The technology they are proposing uses nanoparticles that will travel through the bloodstream, detecting any forms of illness or cancer early on. The reported findings from the nanoparticles would be transmitted to the individual through a bracelet worn on the wrist that acts as a sensor. The nanoparticles would vary in their designated actions, each marking different types of conditions and act preemptively. They would also utilize magnetism in order for the particles to attach to cancerous cells or break up fatty tissues that could lead to heat attack.
“What we are trying to do is change medicine from reactive and transactional to proactive and preventative,” explained project head and molecular biologist Dr. Andrew Conrad (source:BBC)
A Noble Act?
In his interview with BBC, Dr. Conrad states that the new biological technology isn’t meant for Google’s profit and distribution
“We are the inventors of the technology but we have no intentions of commercializing it or monetizing it in that way… We will license it out and the partners will take it forward to doctors and patients…These are not consumer devices. They are prescriptive medical devices, and you know that doctor-patient relationships are pretty privileged and would not involve Google in any way.”
Nanotechnology is still undergoing its own share of research and mixing technology with the organic human body raises further questions. Is this innovation something to anticipate or something to fear? And do you think that Google will readily hand over all of this research and development to hospitals and doctors after if it becomes reality?
Take A Closer Look..
Read more at: Phys.org
Read more at: BBC