Google CANCER DETECTOR.
Google is aiming to diagnose cancers, impending
heart attacks or strokes and other diseases, at a
much earlier stage than is currently possible.
The company is working on technology that
combines disease-detecting nanoparticles, which
would enter a patient’s bloodstream via a swallowed
pill, with a wrist-worn sensor.
The idea is to identify slight changes in the
person’s biochemistry that could act as an early
The work is still at an early stage.
Early diagnosis is the key to treating disease.
Many cancers, such as pancreatic, are detected
only after they have become untreatable and
There are marked differences between cancerous
and healthy tissues.
Google’s ambition is to constantly monitor the
blood for the unique traces of cancer, allowing
diagnosis long before any physical symptoms
The project is being conducted by the search
company’s research unit, Google X, which is
dedicated to investigating potentially revolutionary
Prof Paul Workman, chief executive of the
Institute of Cancer Research in London, said “In principle this is great. Any
newcomers with new ideas are welcome in the field.
“There is an urgent need for this. If we can detect
cancer or other diseases earlier, then we can
intervene with either lifestyle changes or
In a description of the project, Google said that
they have done a number of experiments.
Magnetic qualities designed into nanoparticles allow
them to be drawn to worn devices and counted
using non-invasive detection methods such as light
or radio waves, according to Google.
If successful, the technology could “help physicians
detect a disease that’s starting to develop in the
body,” the California-based technology titan said.
Google said that it would license the technology to
companies interested in using it for medically
Google Life Sciences team innovations include
contact lenses that measure glucose levels in tears
to help people with diabetes to track blood sugar.
Google also last year formed a company called
Calico with a mission to address problems of health
and aging by harnessing advanced technologies.
I wish Google all the best with this invention.