Researchers at Google are working to create a watch that can detect an early sign of cancer or heart failure. The idea behind the disease detecting watch is that a pill which releases nanoparticles will be ingested by a person who is wearing the watch. The watch, which will eventually attract the nanoparticles to itself via magnetism, will then use the movements of the nanoparticles to analyze whether there are early signs of disease. The logic is that because nanoparticles will behave differently around normal versus cancerous cells, the movement of the nanoparticles will convey information about a person’s health. Dr Andrew Conrad, developer of a commonly used HIV test, is the molecular biologist leading this project.
Contributor: Ashni Nadgauda