Cell-sized robots can be used to detect diseases

Posted on:27 Oct 2018 09:00:01
Cell-sized robots can be used to detect diseases
27 October 2018 Current Affairs: MIT scientists have developed a method to mass produce robots no bigger than a cell that could be used to monitor conditions inside an oil or gas pipeline, or to search out disease while floating through the bloodstream.

The key to making such tiny devices, which the team calls “syncells” (short for synthetic cells), in large quantities lies in controlling the natural fracturing process of atomically-thin, brittle materials.

The process, called “autoperforation”, directs the fracture lines so that they produce minuscule pockets of a predictable size and shape. 
MIT scientists have developed a method to mass produce robots no bigger than a cell that could be used to monitor conditions inside an oil or gas pipeline, or to search out disease while floating through the bloodstream.

The key to making such tiny devices, which the team calls “syncells” (short for synthetic cells), in large quantities lies in controlling the natural fracturing process of atomically-thin, brittle materials.

The process, called “autoperforation”, directs the fracture lines so that they produce minuscule pockets of a predictable size and shape. 

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