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Google x Nano Pill could detect Cancer

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Cancer is one of the largest most aggressive killer disease in the whole world,which its cure or may be vaccine is yet to be discovered by med staff and biologists.However this is set to change soon if the rumors are true that Google might be working on technology;”nano pill” that could detect cancer cells/rouge cells in your body at early stages.

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 8.2 million deaths in 2012 a survey done by WHO(1). The most common causes of cancer death are cancers of:

  • lung (1.59 million deaths)
  • liver (745 000 deaths)
  • stomach (723 000 deaths)
  • colorectal (694 000 deaths)
  • breast (521 000 deaths)
  • esophageal cancer (400 000 deaths) (1).

According to Techcrunch.com,Andrew Conrad, took to the stage at the Wall Street Journal Digital conference to reveal that the tech giant’s secretive Google[x] lab has been working on a wearable device that couples with nanotechnology to detect disease within the body.

He further said that,“We’re passionate about switching from reactive to proactive and we’re trying to provide the tools that make that feasible,” explained Conrad. This is a third project in a series of health initiatives for Google[x]. The team has already developed a smart contact lens that detects glucose levels for diabetics and utensils that help manage hand tremors in Parkinson’s patients”

So how does it Work?

Tiny Particles coated with “magnetize antibodies”are tested whether they can catch the disease in its early stages.The tiny particles are essentially programmed to spread throughout the body via pill and then latch on to the abnormal cells. The wearable device then “calls” the nano particles back to ask them what’s going on with the body and to find out if the person who swallowed the pill has cancer or other diseases.Just like the  Y Combinator-backed Bikanta, the cells can also fluoresce with certain materials within the nano particles, helping cancer cells to show up on an MRI scan much earlier than has been possible before.

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