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March 2nd, 2010

Nanotechnology at University of Michigan's M-NiMBS looks like science fiction

When you look at the platforms and projects section of the M-NiMBS (Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences) institute at University of Michigan, their work looks like it could be straight out of a science fiction novel, but these are projects in action right now.

M-NiMBS has a dendrimer technology that looks a bit like a cluster of proteins in a sort of cross between a star shaped and tree shaped structure that reminds me a little bit of coral. The dendrimer acts as a vehicle for agents (other things that can do something) that take on the roles of detecting, targeting, and then delivering a payload or taking an action. Now, I'm not a nanotechnologist, but it seems to me that the multipurpose nature of this technology means it could be reused for other applications. Because of that, it makes this technology very exciting. Just swap out the agents to change the targets and the actions it takes when it finds the targets.


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