Google Developing Nanoparticles to Detect Cancer, Other Diseases

The tech giant is designing tiny magnetic particles to patrol the human body.

Google is already letting users chat with doctors for free. Now the tech giant is moving into new healthcare territory - disease detection. 

On Tuesday,  the Google Head of Life Science announced that they are developing nanoparticles for checking cancer in real time with magnets. 

“Every test you ever go to the doctor for will be done through this system,” said Andrew Conrad, head of the team at the Google X research lab.  “That’s our dream.”

The use of nanoparticles is probably more than five years away. The project faces huge obstacles - technical, regulatory and social.  The notion of Google monitoring a human body around the clock is likely a worry for privacy advocates. 

Google X is a semi-secret facility run by Google dedicated to making major technological advancements. Located about a half mile from Google's corporate headquarters, work at the lab is overseen by one of Google's co-founders. Scientist and entrepreneur Astro Teller directs day-to-day activities.

Teller says that they aim to improve technologies by a factor of 10, and to develop "science fiction-sounding solutions." The lab began in 2010 with the development of a self-driving car.

Today the company also announced the launch of its Google Fit app for Android. The app uses your device’s sensors to tracking walking and other activity. You can also manually enter information about workouts or your height and weight. It’s a competitor to Apple’s Health app and aims to be easier to use.



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