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February 5th, 2008

Tiny treatments promise big results

Abstract:
Nanophotonics has huge application potential in medicine, provided that concerns about toxicity can be addressed.

In the future, diagnosing and treating cancers could be much more specific and effective if the predicted benefits of nanotechnology are realized. Nanotechnology, which deals with materials that are of the order of a few billionths of a meter in size, promises to help image specific parts of the human body more effectively or enable physicians to deliver drugs more precisely to the places where they are needed.

All around the world, research teams are busy developing and testing these tiny particles -- whether based on carbon nanotubes, polymers, inorganic semiconductors or metals -- for a wide range of applications.

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