Scientists have successfully injected cockroaches with drug-dispensing nanobots, making them a possibility to be the next generation guinea pig for scientists.
The project is lead by Daniel Levner of Harvard University's Wyss Institute and scientists at Bar Ilan University in Israel.
The DNA nanorobots interact with each other inside of the cockroach, making it perfect for drug dispensing trials.
“This is the first time that biological therapy has been able to match how a computer processor works,” Ido Bachelet from Bar Ilan University’s Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials told New Scientist in an interview. Next up? Adding the processing power of a Commodore 64.
The folks over at Geekologie have some thoughts on this, though we think they may be overreacting:
First of all, I don't think cockroaches scurrying around with nanobots containing the processing power of Commodore 64's is a good idea. I mean, a Commodore 64 can run Spy Hunter AND Ghosts & Goblins. That is serious power. You throw a Sega Genesis in one of those f***ers and it's game over. We might as well pack up our bags and move to Mars, because Earth is the roach's now.
According to Discovery News, cockroaches won't reject the nanobots when scientists go all Metal Gear Solid on them, so we may have them to thank for serious advances in the future.