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July 13th, 2010

Nanotechnology revolutionizes cancer research

Abstract:
Enter nanotechnology, scientists building machines smaller than cells that can attack disease on a cellular and genetic level.

How would a nanometric robot work? First, they're small...really small. An atom is 0.1 nm. The average cell is 2500 nm. If it is 100 nm or smaller, then it would be roughly a thousand times larger than an atom. Just think what that would imply in the world of medicine. Now imagine scientists building a machine that small. What could it do? It could repair damage to DNA, invade tumors and safely disassemble them, and could tell us more about the human body than anybody ever imagined in his or her wildest dreams. It's a science so new, that many of us can't imagine, and most people believe it hasn't even happened. Based upon the same technology as the computer chip, these nanoscopic machines have been being developed, tested, and used by advanced research institutes such as the University of Berkeley.

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