Monday, June 29, 2009

Nanotech Drug Delivery Coming Soon?

This article on ScienceDaily talks about the future of drug delivery, and apparently nanotechnology has the potential to replace traditional pharmaceuticals...well at least hopefully one day. Although the technology is still in its infancy, scientists have been able to engineer lipid containers the size of a virus that can be used to deliver the drug into the bloodstream, and proteins called selectins can help the lipid containers target specific cell types in the body. Nanotechnology has been getting a lot of attention recently (especially in Biological applications), so much so that major universities such as UCSB have recently built entire buildings devoted to this niche field. Even the government has hopped on board with a lot of funding for Nanotech initiatives and a website. Check out the article for more info. [Link]


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