Sperm Cells Enlisted as Nanobot Delivery Guys

12/05/2016 - 3 minutes

Reserchears at IFW Dresden were trying to create a nanorobot for drug delivery and even gene manipulation. They ended up using one of the motors created by nature – the flagella of sperm cells.

IFW_dresden_spermbot_sperm_nanotehcnology_biotechDrug delivery is a key part in the development of new drugs, and an active field of research with academy-industry partnerships.

Examples of ideas on how to deliver drugs include research into cubosomes and even ‘cell-squeezing’ technology.

And such nanotechnology can localise the therapeutic effect in specific cells or a specific organ – to therefore minimize potential toxic effects in other tissue (like the prostate cancer therapy by Nanobiotix in France).

To achieve high precision in delivery, researchers at Dresden Institute for Integrative Nanosciences (part of IFW Dresden) in Germany conceptualised a nanobot that could be directed (like a very small remote control car) to its target.

However, the problem with this approach is the need for batteries to power such nanobots. 

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