[GRG] NewAbs: Nanobots Combat Cancer in South Korea

To Members and Friends of the Los Angeles Gerontology
Research Group: 
       Nanobots combat cancer in South
Korea… — Steve Coles
Yumie: Can you ask Dr. Cha to have
someone on his team investigate this technology further and find out if
it’s ready for
exploitation here in the US? — Steve Coles

“Bacteriobot:

Korea Develops First Cancer-treating
Nanorobot

December 17, 2013; (Business Korea) — A computer-generated image
of a bacteriobot in action. A Chonnam National University research team
has succeeded in developing bacteriobots that can diagnose and treat
cancer.  This bacteria-based robot is expected to be utilized to
develop new treatments for cancer and various microrobots or nanorobots
for medical purposes in the future.A
bacteriobot research team from Chonnam National University announced on
December 16th that it confirmed the propensity of bacteriobots to migrate
toward tumors and their tumor-targeting ability with animal
testing.   According to the team, bacteria and bacteriobots
displayed minimal changes in normal cells, but those bacteriobots moved
toward tumor cells with high speed, and thus cell-density grew. In
addition, the research team verified bacteriobots’ tumor-targeting
capability and their existence in tumor tissues by injecting
bacteria-based robots into tumor-bearing mice via tail veins and
conducting an immunohistochemical study three days after the
injection.
Genetically-modified non-toxic bacteria move inside tissues or blood with
flagella, and find tumors by pushing microstructures and targeting
“certain compounds” secreted by cancer cells. Upon the arrival
of bacteriobots in the tumor region, anti-cancer drugs that come from
microstructures are spread onto the surface of tumors at a speed of 5
µ/sec on average.Park
Jong-oh from the School of Mechanical Systems Engineering at Chonnam
National University said, “The importance of this research lies in the
development of a new medical nanorobot and an active drug-delivery
carrier that can overcome the limits of conventional methods to diagnose
and treat cancer.” Park added, “Our future plan is to develop medical
microrobots or nanorobots capable of diagnosing and treating many
hard-to-treat illnesses through the convergence of medicine and
engineering in our research.”The
research article, “New Paradigm for Tumor Theranostic Methodology Using
Bacteria-Based Microrobot,” was published on-line in the December 2nd
issue of Scientific Reports, a scientific journal published by the
Nature Publishing Group. Categories:

R&D

Science

Ref.:

http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/article/2459/%E2%80%9Cbacteriobot%E2%80%9D-korea-develops-first-cancer-treating-nanorobot#sthash.lgrTyhQy.dpuf

L. Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Founder
Los Angeles Gerontology Research GroupURL:
http://www.grg.org
E-mail: scoles@grg.orgE-mail:
scoles@ucla.edu

About Johnny Adams

My full-time commitment is to slow and ultimately reverse age related functional decline to increase healthy years of life. I’ve been active in this area since the 1970s, steadily building skills and accomplishments. I have a good basic understanding of the science of aging, and have many skills that complement those of scientists so they can focus on science to advance our shared mission. Broad experience Top skills: administration, management, information technology (data and programming), communications, writing, marketing, market research and analysis, public speaking, forging ethical win-win outcomes among stakeholders (i.e. high level "selling"). Knowledge in grant writing, fundraising, finance. Like most skilled professionals, I’m best described as a guy who defines an end point, then figures out how to get there. I enjoy the conception, design, execution and successful completion of a grand plan. Executive Director Gerontology Research Group (GRG). Manages Email discussion forum, web site, meetings and oversees supercentenarian (oldest humans, 110+ years) research. CEO / Executive Director Carl I. Bourhenne Medical Research Foundation (Aging Intervention Foundation), an IRS approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit. http://www.AgingIntervention.org Early contributor to Supercentenarian Research Foundation. Co-Founder Geroscience Healthspan Forum. Active contributor to numerous initiatives to increase healthy years of life. Co-authored book on conventional, practical methods available today to slow the processes of aging – nutrition, exercise, behavior modification and motivation, stress reduction, proper supplementation, damage caused by improper programs, risk reduction and others. Fundamental understanding of, and experience in the genomics of longevity (internship analyzing and curating longevity gene papers). Biological and technical includes information technology, software development and computer programming, bioinformatics and protein informatics, online education, training programs, regulatory, clinical trials software, medical devices (CAT scanners and related), hospital electrical equipment testing program. Interpersonal skills – good communication, honest, well liked, works well in teams or alone. Real world experience collaborating in interdisciplinary teams in fast paced organizations. Uses technology to advance our shared mission. Education: MBA 1985 University of Southern California -- Deans List, Albert Quon Community Service Award (for volunteering with the American Longevity Association and helping an elderly lady every other week), George S. May Scholarship, CA State Fellowship. BA psychology, psychobiology emphasis 1983 California State University Fullerton Physiological courses as well as core courses (developmental, abnormal etc). UCLA Psychobiology 1978, one brief but fast moving and fulfilling quarter. Main interest was the electrochemical basis of consciousness. Also seminars at the NeuroPsychiatric Institute. Other: Ongoing conferences, meetings and continuing education. Aging, computer software and information technology. Some molecular biology, biotech, bio and protein informatics, computer aided drug design, clinical medical devices, electronics, HIPAA, fundraising through the Assoc. of Fundraising Professionals. Previous careers include: Marketing Increasing skill set and successes in virtually all phases, with valuable experience in locating people and companies with the greatest need and interest in a product or service, and sitting across the table with decision makers and working out agreements favorable to all. Information Technology: Management, data analysis and programming in commercial and clinical trials systems, and bioinformatics and protein informatics. As IT Director at Newport Beach, CA based technology organization Success Family of Continuing Education Companies, provided online software solutions for insurance and financial professionals in small to Fortune 500 size companies. We were successful with lean team organization (the slower moving competition was unable to create similar software systems). Medical devices: At Omnimedical in Paramount CA developed and managed quality assurance dept. and training depts. for engineers, physicians and technicians. Designed hospital equipment testing program for hospital services division. In my early 20’s I was a musician, and studied psychology and music. Interned with the intention of becoming a music therapist. These experiences helped develop valuable skills used today to advance our shared mission of creating aging solutions.
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