Amazon Who? Harvard Scientists Already Built ‘Delivery Drones’ That Will Save Lives

They're nano-sized and will fly through arteries to prevent heart attacks.

(Photo: Getty)
These new ‘drones’ are expected to save lives. (Photo: Getty)

Being able to order anything you want online and have it air-delivered to your house an hour later sounds lifesaving, but it doesn’t come close to the drone advancement medical scientists just made.

With the help of Columbia University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, scientists at Harvard Medical School created what they’re calling “nano-sized” drones that will be used for medical purposes and eventually biodegrade inside the body.

The report findings—published last week in Science Translational Medicine—explain that the nanomedicines will deliver a special type of healing molecule to fat deposits in arteries. This could become a new way to prevent heart attacks caused by atherosclerosis, which kills one in four people in the U.S. and is the country’s leading cause of death, according to a Harvard Med news article.

“The inflammation-resolving targeted nanoparticles have shown exciting potential not only for the treatment of atherosclerosis as described here, but also in other therapeutic areas including wound repair,” Omid Farokhzad, director of the Laboratory of Nanomedicine and Biomaterials at Brigham and Women’s, was reported saying in the Harvard news article.

In fact, it is the “wound repair” aspect of this technology that makes it so promising. Most scientists are developing drugs that prevent heart attacks by tamping down inflammation, but years of such a drug regimen has negative side effects and treating inflammation alone isn’t enough. It’s the healing of the damage to the arterial walls that makes the difference, and that is what the new nanodrones will be addressing.

So far, the nonomedicines have tested successfully in mice. After a little fine-tuning, the scientists will be set to move on to human testing. Amazon Who? Harvard Scientists Already Built ‘Delivery Drones’ That Will Save Lives