Thursday, February 14, 2019

Corruption Blog Tour with Author Nick Wilford + Nanobots!

Hi Tyrean! Thanks for hosting me as part of my blog tour. Today I'd like to get a bit more serious by having a look at the antidote used against the disease in Corruption and how it's been inspired by real-life developments.

(Thank you for stopping by, Nick!)

At the beginning of Corruption we see Dr George Tindleson, Chief Scientist at the Harmonian research lab, working on the antidote to the disease that is ravaging the land of Loretania. A flotation tank had been used to cure the young hero, Wellesbury, after he was infected in Book 1. But that’s too cumbersome to cure people en masse, so George needs a lightweight version that he can take overseas in large quantities. The key ingredient? Nanobots. Tiny robots that eat away at the disease cells while leaving the healthy ones intact.

Does this have any basis in reality, and are we anywhere close to using these nanobots to treat conditions? Let’s find out.

Nanobots are not yet widely used in treatments for cancer and other diseases, but it seems we’re getting close. The problem with many traditional cancer treatments is that they cannot distinguish between cancerous cells and healthy ones. Nanobots, however, would have the benefit of artificial intelligence that would allow them to carry out a pre-programmed task. They could discriminate between the various objects they encounter and would have many of the same characteristics as the robots currently used in things like car manufacture, just on a microscopic scale.

The tiny bots have the potential to deliver drugs to sites that need them and could even be equipped with tools to carry out miniature medical procedures. They could also attack tumours by cutting off their blood supply. According to NBCNews, in 2018 scientists from China and Arizona reported that they had developed robots a few hundred nanometres in diameter – to get a sense of scale, there are 25 million nanometres in an inch. These bots were constructed from a sheet of DNA rolled into a tube that could hold a blood-clotting drug. On the outside of the tube was placed a small DNA molecule that binds with a protein found only in tumours. When they injected them into the bloodstream of mice, the bots travelled to the tumours and this molecule attached itself to the protein, which triggered the sheet to unroll and administer the drug.

Nanobots would also have the ability to act autonomously and intuitively, latching on to the body’s natural processes. For example, they could use magnetic fields to navigate to where they need to go, leaving little need for external intervention.

Sci-fi writers have long dreamed of us becoming one with the machines, a prospect that has often seemed frightening. However, if these machines are small, inoffensive, and have the potential to perhaps one day offer a cure for cancer, our fusion with technology looks a lot more inviting.
Title: Corruption
Author: Nick Wilford
Genre: YA dystopian Series: Black & White Series #: 2 of 3
Release date: 11th February 2019
Publisher: Superstar Peanut Publishing
Blurb:
Wellesbury Noon and Ezmerelda Dontible have found themselves in a position where they can make their native land somewhere that lives up to its name: Harmonia. However, they’re setting their sights further afield for their number one task: eradicating the disease that has plagued the neighbouring country of Loretania for generations and allowed the privileged Harmonians to live in a sterile environment.

After dispatching a team of scientists to Loretania, armed with cratefuls of an antidote and vaccine and headed up by their friend, Dr George Tindleson, Welles, Ez, and Welles’s brother Mal – who grew up in that benighted nation – start to worry when they hear nothing back, despite what they had agreed. Commandeering a fishing boat to follow the science team over the sea, they soon find that, while the disease may be on the way out, a new kind of infection has set in – the corruption they thought they had stamped out in Harmonia.

Can they get to the root of the problem and eliminate it before even more damage is done to an innocent people?

*** Warning – this book contains themes that some sensitive readers may find upsetting. ***

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Meet the author:
Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those early morning times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. Visit him at his blog or connect with him on Twitter, GoodreadsFacebook, or Amazon.


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