Israeli scientists develop medical micro robot that can capture damaged cells
by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – In a breakthrough for medical research, scientists at Israel’s Tel Aviv University have developed a “hybrid micro-robot” the size of a biological cell that can target and capture damaged cells, the Jewish News Syndicate (JNS) reports.
The technology was designed by Prof. Gilad Yossifon and his team at Tel Aviv University’s School of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. T
The research has been documented in the journal Advanced Science.
The minuscule robot is 0.000393701 of an inch across and can pass between cells, JNS said. It can be controlled electronically or magnetically.
“Developing the micro-robots ability to move autonomously was inspired by biological micro-swimmers such as bacteria and sperm cells. This is an innovative area of research that is developing rapidly, with a wide variety of uses in fields such as medicine and the environment, as well as a research tool,” Yossifon said in a statement.
“Among other things, the technology will support the following areas: medical diagnosis at the single cell level, introducing drugs or genes into cells, genetic editing, carrying drugs to their destination inside the body, cleaning the environment from polluting particles, drug development, and creating a ‘laboratory on a particle’—a microscopic laboratory designed to carry out diagnostics in places accessible only to micro-particles,” Yossifon said.
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