Cancer-Fighting Army? Magnetic Robot Swarms Could Combat Disease

Cancer-Fighting Army? Magnetic Robot Swarms Could Combat Disease

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Magnetically controlled swarms of microscopic robots might one day help fight cancer inside the body, new research suggests.

Previous research also used magnetic fields to simultaneously control swarms of tiny magnets.

However, individually guiding members of a team of microscopic devices so that each moves in its own direction and at its own speed remains a challenge.

[The 6 Strangest Robots Ever Created] Now, scientists have developed a way to magnetically control each member of a swarm of magnetic devices to perform specific, unique tasks, researchers in the new study said.

In experiments, the researchers could make several magnetic screws whirl in different directions at the same time with pinpoint accuracy.

In principle, the scientists noted, they could manipulate hundreds of microscopic robots at once.First, the scientists created a number of tiny identical magnetic screws.


Author: Charles Q. Choi

Source: livescience.com