October 29, 2014 by Brad Perriello
Google is reportedly developing a pill designed to use nanoparticles to detect cancer and other conditions.
“Because the core of these particles is magnetic, you can call them somewhere,” said Andrew Conrad, life sciences head for the tech firm’s Google X research operation, according to Wired. “These little particles go out and mingle with the people, we call them back to one place, and we ask them: ‘Hey, what did you see? Did you find cancer? Did you see something that looks like a fragile plaque for a heart attack? Did you see too much sodium?”
Conrad said patients would wear a device designed to gather the nanoparticles into the superficial veins inside the wrist, according to the magazine. The particles would combine the magnetic material with antibodies or proteins that attach to and detect other molecules.