Microsoft Patents 'Adapting Parasites To Combat Disease'

Microsoft's new patent application titled "Adapting Parasites to Combat Disease," describes "systems and/or methods that facilitate sensing, detecting, logging, or treatment of a condition or need of a living body using a controlled parasite." Filed in July 2009 and made public earlier this month, the patent app reads like something out of science fiction -- […]

Microsoft's new patent application titled "Adapting Parasites to Combat Disease," describes "systems and/or methods that facilitate sensing, detecting, logging, or treatment of a condition or need of a living body using a controlled parasite." Filed in July 2009 and made public earlier this month, the patent app reads like something out of science fiction -- proposing a system "that facilitates exploiting a parasitic organism as a nanomachine for benefit of a living body."

Microsoft Patent 'ADAPTING PARASITES TO COMBAT DISEASE'

Electronics can be adapted to exploit novel methods of monitoring body functions and delivering useful substances to the body, including treatment of malaria and monitoring and/or treating other bodily conditions. By modifying or making a parasitic organism that can be programmatically controlled by a stimulus external to the altered parasitic organism, the parasitic organism can be a powerful tool in delivering therapeutic compounds. ...

(T)he altered parasitic organism is one species selected from the group comprising: mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, bed bugs (Cimicidae Cimex lectularius), midges (such as Ceratopogonidae), other blood sucking arthropods, annelids or leeches, nematodes such as Ascaris lumbricoides (roundworm which typically invades the gastrointestinal tract and lungs), pinworms such as Enterobius vermicularis (gastrointestinal tract, colon, fingertips), whipworms such as Trichuris trichiuria (gastrointestinal tract), flukes or trematodes such as Fasciola hepatica, Fasciolopsis buski (intestinal fluke) and schistosomes (liver and gallbladder), tapeworms or cestodes such as those from the genus Taenia (gastrointestinal tract), hookworms, heart worms, roundworms, lice (head, body, and pubic), and the like. ...

Reference: Patent

[tags]disease,parasites[/tags]