Cancer Nanotech

  • By Lexi Krock
  • Posted 04.01.05
  • NOVA scienceNOW

Think small—really small. Some nanotechnology devices are as small as one nanometer, or 1/80,000th the width of a human hair. At these sizes, it is no wonder that scientists have seized upon nanotechnology for its potential in medical applications. In the not-too-distant future, as this slide show reveals, dozens of nanodevices may transform cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

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Structures smaller than a single red blood cell could revolutionize cancer diagnosis and treatment.



Courtesy of R. Nesper, Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry, ETH Zurich
Courtesy of Tim McKnight, Anatoli Melechko, and Michael Simpson, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Courtesy of Eric Mazur, Harvard University
Courtesy of M.E. Welland, Nanoscience Centre, University of Cambridge
Courtesy of Naomi Halas, Rice University
(quantum dots)
Courtesy of Jeff Harbold, Cornell University
Courtesy of Robert M. Metzger, University of Alabama
(gold nanoparticles)
Courtesy of Chad Mirkin, Northwestern University
Courtesy of the Cryomicroscopy Group
Courtesy of J.C.W. Bax, Metafysica
Courtesy of Laboratoire des IMRCP

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