- Nanomachines that drill into cancer cells and kill them in minutes were developed by scientists
- The nanomachines rotate up to 3 million times per second when light is shined upon them
- The immense speed in which the nanomachines rotate enables them to drill into cells, killing them in minutes
Scientists have developed molecular nanomachines that could drill into cancer cells and kill them within minutes.
This medical breakthrough, according to Dr. Rober Pal of Durnham University, could greatly improve survival rates and patient welfare globally.
As mentioned in The Sun, the nanomachines can rotate up to three million times per second when ultraviolet light is shined upon them. The immense speed in which these nanomachines rotate enables them to drill into cells; killing them in minutes.
The nanomachines could also be used to deliver medicine very precisely.
In a test conducted by the scientists, the nanomachines were instructed to target prostate cancer cells. It took the nanomachines between one to three minutes to tore through the membrane of the prostate cancer cells and completely destroy them.
“We are moving towards realizing our ambition to be able to use light-activated nanomachines to target cancer cells such as breast tumors and skin melanomas, including those that are resistant to existing chemotherapy. Once developed, this approach could provide a potential step change in non-invasive cancer treatment and greatly improve survival rates and patient welfare globally,” Dr.Pal have disclosed.
The study of the team was published in the journal Nature.