jueves, 30 de octubre de 2014

Google X .. las supernenas : Google's working on a nanoparticle-covered pill that can detect cancer . Imperialism Google (XLV). Salud e investigación ...


El escritor británico de ciencia ficción Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008) formuló tres leyes relacionadas con el avance científico:

1.ª Cuando un anciano y distinguido científico afirma que algo es posible, es casi seguro que está en lo correcto. Cuando afirma que algo es imposible, muy probablemente está equivocado.

2.ª La única manera de descubrir los límites de lo posible es aventurarse un poco más allá, hacia lo imposible.

3.ª Toda tecnología lo suficientemente avanzada es indistinguible de la magia.


«Aún tiene que probarse que la inteligencia tenga algún valor para la supervivencia»

«Los políticos deberían leer ciencia ficción,  no westerns o historias de detectives»


«Tras cada hombre viviente hay treinta fantasmas, pues esa es la razón en la que los muertos superan a los vivos».

prólogo 2001: una odisea espacial.

Arthur C. Clarke

Hoy continuamos con nuestra ya, vieja serie imperialism Google ...en este caso su , no nuevo, acercamiento al mundo de la salud y la investigación ... todos los grandes negocios pronto en sus manos.. el negocio de las escuelas y colegios, el negocio de la educación superior , el de la salud y las industrias químicas (las farmacéuticas son una parte) , el del transporte y la distribución , el de la formación informal, ... el del #elearning en red ,  le queda sector que tocar al gran hermano ?  #NOW #porpreguntáNOmas

Aquí os dejamos algunos enlaces sobre el tema de hoy, cáncer , investigación, nanopartículas ...

1) Google's working on a nanoparticle-covered pill that can detect cancer in PC World

Google is developing tiny magnetic particles that could help detect cancer and other health problems by coursing through a patient’s bloodstream.

Andrew Conrad, head of the Google X research lab’s Life Sciences Team, told the WSJ.D Live conference Tuesday that the particles can be directed toward different parts of the body by applying wearable magnetic devices to the skin.

The wearable would be able to count the particles and possibly compile information about what potential medical conditions they detected.

“Nanoparticles are the nexus between biology and engineering,” Conrad said in an interview at the conference, which was excerpted in a video. “We can make these nanoparticles behave in ways that we want them to do.”

The so-called Nanoparticle Platform comes in the form of pills that are covered with “antibodies or molecules that detect other molecules,” he added.


Google started out by building algorithms that crawled the Web to search for specific types of information. Now it says it’s working on a different kind of search function: a system of nanoparticles that crawl through your bloodstream to search for early signs of cancer, heart attacks, and other specific maladies.

The nanoparticles could be delivered by swallowing a pill, and would then “seek out and attach themselves to cells, proteins, or other molecules inside the body,” the Wall Street Journal reports. An electronic device on your wrist would track the particles and interpret their information.

The company announced the nanoparticle project at a tech conference sponsored by the Journal on Tuesday. It’s part of a big recent push into health and medicine by the life sciences division of its experimental research lab, Google X.

“Every test you ever go to the doctor for will be done through this system,” Google’s Andrew Conrad told the Journal. “That’s our dream.”


Google's X Lab is developing a pill to test for anver and other diseases
It would contain magnetic nanoparticles that travel trough the bloodstream and search for early signs of disease, before being detected by a wearable
Technology would allow cancer, heart disease patients to be diagnosed and treated far earlier that they are today, Google says
The project was inspired by engineer who was knocked off his bike - and doctors spotted a tumour while treating him

Google has revealed an ambitious project to develop a pill that would test for cancer and other illnesses.
It would contain microscopic particles - nanoparticles - which can travel through the bloodstream and search for early signs of disease.
The tech giant hopes the system will one day allow cancer, heart disease and other diseases to be diagnosed and treated far earlier than they are today.
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