According to a research in 2012 alone, an estimated 14.1 million new cancer cases occurred worldwide and more than 4 in 10 of those cancers occurred in countries that had a low or medium level of Human Development Index (HDI). These astounding statistics have led software giants such as Microsoft to foray into something that was completely alien to them up until now. For those who are new to Bill Gates’s ambitions, here is some news; Microsoft just announced that they will use computer science to ‘solve’ cancer within the coming 10 years.
Many of us would ask; can that really be achieved? While the experts continue to ramble about how they aim to do it which can be answered in another shocking statement – Microsoft is planning to plant DNA computers in our blood stream. Microsoft’s big “cancer free world” plan involves numerous ambitious processes. One of those interesting proposals would entail creation of ultra-small DNA computers. Apparently experts at Microsoft claim that these ultra small computers will be designed and constructed in such a way so as to be able to live inside a person’s body. They will have the ability to monitor blood cells and look for cancer cells within and then reprogram them into becoming healthy cells as soon as they start to misbehave. It will be like a coach that will keep a constant eye on the bad boys and reforms them as and when need arises.
Well, Microsoft may actually pull this off owing to their tremendous expertise in computer science which they have accumulated through years of experience. They believe that what makes and defines cancer cells is a complex computational problem. Bill Gates’s experts claim it to be more than just an analogy. It is a deep rooted connection that relates biology to computer science. It is a proven mathematical insight and to turn this ambitious goal into a reality Microsoft has come up with a team of biologists and computer scientists. They have stepped quite far away from the world of consumer electronics. So if they succeed in this experiment, it will be phenomenal.
For the human race, it will be a blessing entirely. And more than that, this would give a direction to many digital technology conglomerates to focus on using their research and innovation for human welfare and healthcare.
Article By: Mukesh