Google develops nanoparticles to detect cancer and other diseases

They may make early diagnosis of cancer, heart attacks, among others.

Identify biochemical changes in the body that give warning signs.

Nano particles should be swallowed by a capsule and diseased cells transmit information to a computer equipped with sensors garment
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Google announced Tuesday that it is working to develop nanoparticles for early diagnosis of cancer, heart attacks and other ailments to identify biochemical changes in the body that give warning signs.

The company, based in Mountain View (California), indicated that the nanoparticles be swallowed by a capsule and diseased cells transmit information to a computer equipped with sensors garment.

Technology giant recalled in a statement that the survival rates of cancer depend largely on early diagnosis and regretted that in many cases, such as pancreatic tumors, these advanced diagnostics are not available.

GoogleX, division of Google who developed the self-directed cars, smart glasses and balloons to bring internet to remote communities also working on the project of the nanoparticles. Experts estimate that may be necessary between 5 and 7 years until the project is completed “GoogleX is exploring whether tiny particles (nanoparticles) in the bloodstream and wearable device equipped with special sensors can help clinicians detect disease when is beginning to develop in the body, “said the company.

The project is still in its early stages and experts estimate that might be needed between 5 and 7 years to completion. Still, Google seems to see many potential uses of technology. The company said it might be possible to develop a test to detect generated plaques in arteries enzymes that are about to burst and cause a heart attack or stroke. The nanoparticles adhere to the malignant cells and transmit information to the wearable devices. Google stressed that technologies developed in recent years as tiny sensors and powerful microscopes, have encouraged the hope of new diagnostics. “Before there these tools to study a disease, it was like studying French culture flying over Paris once a year. One can get an overview, but not immersed in the action,” Google said.

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