Summary: (video) Could weaponized killer T-cells, medical nanorobots, lab-grown organs, and gene editing be in our future? A new film clip from CATS gives us a glimpse of what science has in store. This article first appeared on LongevityFacts.com, follow us on Google+ or Reddit. Author: Brady Hartman.
The Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences gives us a fantastic video preview of the future of medicine.
In a new film clip to promote the launch of the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences (CATS), researchers announce what they are working on and draw a vision of the future for the next five decades. Medical nanorobots that patrol our bodies, weaponized killer T-cells that hunt and destroy cancer cells, and gene editing techniques that cut out defective genes are just some of futuristic technologies that Cambridge geroscientists are working on. In case the video link is down, the video is here: https://youtu.be/ZGGDKC3GlrI.
Weaponized Killer T-Cells, Nanobots, Gene Editing and More
Professor Chris Lowe, Director of the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences, points out that these developments have the potential to transform nearly every aspect of healthcare,
“right the way from how you handle the patient to actually delivering the final therapeutic product – and that’s the exciting thing”. – Professor Chris Lowe.
Professor Jeremy Baumberg from CATS NanoPhotonics Center discusses a future in which medical diagnoses are carried out by medical nanorobots that patrol our bodies. Medical nanorobots, such as the bacteriobot, have already been developed, however, these first generation nanobots are used to treat cancers and not diagnose them. The nanodoc of the future will search for trouble, diagnose the problem and perform the repair.
While future medical nanobots offer great potential, the current crop is poised to become blockbusters. A physician in Montreal is planning clinical trials of the bacteriobot, a medical nanorobot based on an engineered bacteria that promises to eradicate aggressive solid cancers with thoroughness and precision
Growing Artificial Organs With Tissue Engineering
The concept of using stem cells to treat diseases is still in its infancy. Professor Michelle Oyen from the CATS Department of Engineering speaks about using artificial scaffolds to create off-the-shelf replacement organs that are superior to donated ones. As a recent report on the rejuvenation potential of stem cells shows, this new technology holds a great deal of promise. The CATS video also features Dr. Sanjay Sinha from the Wellcome Trust-MRC Stem Cell Institute who sees us using stem cell patches to repair damaged hearts and return their function to normal. While regenerative medicine offers a great deal of potential, a recent article on the rejuvenation potential stem cells provides more insight.
Next up is Dr. Alasdair Russell from the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute who describes the recent breakthroughs in CRISPR-Cas9, a novel gene editing tool that will allow doctors to snip out defective regions of our genome, and replace them with healthy genes. CRISPR offers the promise of a tailored treatment to prevent or cure diseases with a genetic component. Dr. Russel is backed up by Dr. Kathy Liddell, an attorney from the Cambridge Centre for Law, Medicine, and Life Sciences, who highlights how lawyers are researching the ethics of gene editing.
Related Article: Gene editing has become so simple and inexpensive that amateurs can do it. Learn about one 60-year old man who is self-experimenting with gene therapy to raise his HGH levels in this report.
Weaponized Killer T-Cells
Not content with mechanized nanobots, Professor Gillian Griffiths, the Director of the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research envisages the weaponization of our body’s killer T-cells. These cells are already the supercops of the immune system, and Professor Griffiths envisages tweaking the body’s natural born killers and weaponizing them to hunt down and destroy the most evasive cancers.
The future holds promise with the potential of medical nanorobots, weaponized killer T-cells, lab-grown organs, and gene editing techniques using CRISPR.
- Learn more about medical nanorobots called nanodocs and the technology used to make them.
- Read about the bacteriobot, a medical nanorobot that treats cancer.
- Hear the story of a man who is self-experimenting with gene therapy to rejuvenate his body.
- The recent success of clinical trial shows that a Gene Therapy for Blindness May Soon Be Reality.
- Scientists discover how old human cells become rejuvenated with the compound resveratrol.
- MIT researchers discover a Revolutionary CRISPR Gene Editing with Nanoparticles.
- Learn about the radical plans for anti-aging medicine that come from the mind of Aubrey de Grey of the SENS Research Foundation (video).
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Andrea Walker/Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences. Synthetic organs, nanobots and DNA ‘scissors’: the future of medicine. [Press Release]. Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences. 10/12/2017. Web. Retrieved 10/15/2017. Available Online.
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