Tiny medical robot sets a record

Scientists have set a Guinness World Record by creating the smallest medical robot — a device measuring just 120 nanometres that could assist in future cancer and Alzheimer’s treatments.

The nanorobots, created by Soutik Betal during his doctoral research at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), could one day lead to huge medical advancements. “We have developed nanocomposite particles that can be remotely controlled by an electromagnetic field. They function like extremely tiny robots that interact with biological cells,” said Ruyan Guo, a Professor at UTSA.

The experimental demonstration was performed in 2016.

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