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Posted byu/[deleted]8 years ago

In First Successful Human Trial, Nanotech Robots Deploy Cancer-Fighting RNA

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As someone who works with nanotechnology, the perpetual sensationalist headlines will only lead to disillusionment. This is a 2-polymer blend capsule, with a protein with a specific target. Not a robot at all. Amazing, yes! Useful, of course! Robot, nope...

Here is the news excerpt from Nature, the journal who published the paper. If you want more, read the actual journal article.

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How epic are your wings exactly?

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1 point · 8 years ago

I have no real knowledge of the area and it sounded like sensationalist pseudo-scientific nonsense to me too.

Wish they'd stop doing this..

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Somehow I knew in the back of my mind it would be RNAi before I got past nanotech and cancer. I hate these headlines too.

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Technology and the scientific method, FUCK YEA.

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3 points · 8 years ago

does "robot" mean anything these days ?

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1 point · 8 years ago

mmmm. delicious robot - love that cheesy flavour, and surprising texture!

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What on earth do RNAis have to do with directly effecting the epigenome in any way? I believe this is poor writing.

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Also, I like that they are taking great liberties in calling these polymeric nanoparticles "robots." I used to enjoy PopSci when I was a kid, but this is pretty ridiculous.

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I read that as 'Nanotech robots destroy cancer-fighting RNA" and thought it was, quite possibly, the worst idea ever.

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Resistance is Futile.

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I think popsci has some thing to prevent australians reading their site. It keeps redirecting me to the .au domain where theere is apparently "nothing there"

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Nanites FTW!

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If Popular Science says it's a viable technology, it will probably hit the markets in just a couple of decades, like all of those flying cars they've reported on. And they say this has a long way to go...

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I, for one, welcome our nanotech robot overlords.

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-3 points · 8 years ago

WTF do Republican gun owners have to do with treating cancer?

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Gun wounds cure cancer?

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