In the post-apocalyptic world of Azuela & Vaughn, some areas of technology have gone by the wayside. Others have blossomed out of necessity.  Health and endurance are two main areas of development. In this field, there are two main camps, nanites and cybernetics. The two technologies don’t work well together so you are usually enhanced by either one or the other. In this post, I wish to talk about nanites.

Nanites are microscopic robots. In this case, they reside within a person’s body regulating body systems and repairing any damage they find. In Azuela & Vaughn nanites are a bio-mechanical organism  custom coded in a person’s DNA so the body doesn’t reject them or treat them as an invading body. The people mostly likely to have these are royals, and contracted servants in security and health industries.

The royals can afford such advanced technology and appreciate the extreme good health and extended lifetime. Part of the benefit of being a contracted servant is that your bosses pay for health care. Royals who can afford the best security provide their people with nanites and other hi-tech equipment. Those in the health field are required to have nanites so they don’t run the risk of infection or spreading diseases to patients.

Azuela and Vaughn both have nanites. Azuela’s are constantly needing maintenance in order to keep up with the various injuries she accrues in the course of her job. As a result Azuela is often on a high-protein, high-vitamin/mineral diet in order to keep her little buddies-as she calls them-fueled up and working properly. The nanites do have their limitations though. They won’t make you immortal but do make you tougher to kill.

REAL WORLD APPLICATION:

According to Wikipedia :  Nanorobotics is the emerging technology field creating machines or robots whose components are at or close to the scale of a nanometer (10−9 meters). More specifically, nanorobotics refers to the nanotechnology engineering discipline of designing and building nanorobots, with devices ranging in size from 0.1-10 micrometers and constructed of nanoscale or molecular components. The names nanobots, nanoids, nanites, nanomachines or nanomites have also been used to describe these devices currently under research and development. (accessed July 21, 2012)

The big breakthrough today is in the treatment of cancer. http://technorati.com says, Scientists throughout the world are working to develop novel and potent therapeutic strategies for cancer and in this field scientists including Shawn Douglas of the Wyss Institute at Harvard University and collaborators have successfully treated the cancer with the help of “DNA nanorobots”.

Scientists have developed nanorobots having the ability to transport payloads such as drug molecules and antibodies to specific cells of the body. They used the method of “DNA origami” to develop the containers with folded DNA chains. Aptamers were used to lock the barrel shaped robot and to recognize the specific cell types. Scientists mimic the white blood cells for the robots.

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