Swallowing the Surgeon

In fewer than 15 years, nanomedicine has gone from fantasy to reality.

By | October 1, 2011

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TAMI TOLPA

Nanomedicines make use of the new physical properties that materials acquire when miniaturized. With suitable tinkering, the particles can be made ready recipients for an array of molecules including: therapeutic drugs, targeting molecules for cell-specific delivery, surfactants for manipulating the shape of the particle and keeping it in solution, and imaging molecules that track the location of particles in patients.

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