A ‘cell phone’ made out of living cells can fight cancer

ETH Zurich researchers have made a cell phone. Well, it’s not any regular cell phone, it’s a cell phone made out of mammalian cells. The cells have been programmed in such a manner that they can communicate (message or phone) with each other via chemical signals. A specialized cycle of proteins and genes is reprogrammed for the communication to take place between cells. This communication process in turn will help fight cancer. The infected cells will receive a message to be overridden by the programmed cells and hence the infected cells will become healthy cells.

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This kind of process has  already been developed by ETH Zurich researchers and was tested before in yeast cells. Now for the mammalian cells (those similar to humans) the process has again been developed. Researchers have simply turned the cells into devices that can recognize different molecules and take appropriate action against or for them. In the process, one cell sends information other receives and takes action on the command sent by first cell. Then the process closes by ending the cellular “call.”

The reprogrammed cells will treat cancer one day. The original process in which tumor cells spread through the entire organ can be stopped by messaging them ‘not to spread’. Martin Fussenegger who is leading the research is hoping to make it accessible and we wish him all the luck.

Via: PhysOrg

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