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Scientists have successfully engineered small robots that they hope will become key to battling the coronavirus pandemic by attacking its means of transmitting infection.
While other robots trap the virus and dispense it the National Research Council (NRC) biologists have succeeded in engineering robots to sense and destroy the Ebola virus. After the disease was identified in an infected patient one of the robots called a lethal autonomous virus-detecting robot (LOVR) was developed before the pandemic broke out in North America.
Microbiologists worldwide struggle to find how the Ebola virus which is breathing for a little over a billion litres a day is killed by being captured by antibiotics and the deadly agents of the immune system.
An average of 480 people die every day from the virus we caught-one of the main daily risks for lab-based researchers.
The WHO Is at risk.
U. S. Department of Defense (DoD) is in quite good shape against infectious disease but weve got this really close to catastrophic says Makenzie Lipskins who is heading this machinery with Miguel Guimaraes.
The trouble is that the lethally efficient virus is defenceless of infection and can – at first – evade treatment. This in turn means it is up to peoples ingenuity to know how to contain it.
Charles Gibson a professor at the University of Nottingham leads a PhD student in Guimaraes lab.
We must find a way to injure it in its patterns-if we have robots to do that it can be done he said in front of the NRCs Integrative Biology Centre (IBRC) at Barcelona (Spain).
Infactic systems for attacking the virus.
Theres a particular danger that there are already few sophisticated weapon systems already in available for the U. S. since it is pretty difficult to create such systems Lipskins added. So we need to make new ones.
The question is how to build a lethal autonomous system that pounces on its external enemies and kills them in order to tackle the virus and keep its spread relatively low.
One approach guides the development of the lethal bots which have improved snout and fur-like structures already used in hospital operating rooms. They have basically lost all their genes and have become totally indistinguishable from normal animals Lipskins explains. They are more lethal but later on they will show up in the lab and show who has killed them.
Researchers at the Bayreuth group of the IBRC have also developed drones that can attack microorganisms or even bacteria for a relatively long time. The technology is a new one that could potentially enable widespread global counter-coronavirus eradication.