Synthetic Organs, Nanobots and DNA ‘Scissors’: the Future of Medicine

Transforming the field of medicine.

Synthetic Organs, Nanobots and DNA ‘Scissors’: the Future of Medicine
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Nanobots that watch our bodies, killer immune cells hunting, destroying cancer cells and biological scissors that cut out defective genes, all these are most exciting developments. These are some of the advancements that Cambridge researchers want to make as the future of medicine.

In another film to concur with the current launch of Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences, scientists discussed on some of the most exciting developments in medical research.

Professor Jeremy Baumberg from the NanoPhotonics Centre discusses a future in which diagnoses will rely on nanomachines that patrol our bodies, looking for and repairing problems.

Likewise, Professor Michelle Oyen from the Department of Engineering focused on AI. She talks about creating ‘off-the-shelf’ replacement organs i.e., synthetic organs to solve the shortage of donated organs.

According to Dr. Sanjay Sinha, stem cell could potentially help in repairing damaged hearts and return their function back to normal.

Dr. Alasdair Russell from the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute described how recent breakthroughs in the use of CRISPR-Cas9, a DNA editing tool will enable us to snip out and replace defective regions of the genome, curing diseases in individual patients.

Professor Gillian Griffiths, Director of the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, envisages us weaponizing ‘killer T cells’, important immune system warriors to hunt down and destroy even the most evasive of cancer cells.

Professor Chris Lowe, Director of the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences said, “All of these developments will help transform the field of medicine. New developments have the potential to transform healthcare right the way from how you handle the patient to actually delivering the final therapeutic product – and that’s the exciting thing.”