Brief History

- 1959 the great physicist Richard Feynman suggested that it should be possible to build machines small enough to manufacture objects with atomic precision.


- 1970's, Eric Drexler began to invent what would become molecular manufacturing. He quickly realized that molecular machines could control the chemical manufacture of complex products, including additional manufacturing systems which would be a very powerful technology. 


- 1986 Drexler introduced the term "nanotechnology" in his book Engines of Creation to describe this approach to manufacturing and some of its consequences.


- 1992 Drexler published Nanosystems, a technical work outlining a way to manufacture extremely high-performance machines out of molecular carbon lattice. Meanwhile, he was also engaging in policy activism to raise awareness of the implications of the technology. (2)

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What is nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology involves the manipulation of particles on a nanoscale. The function and out come of those products depend on how those atoms are arranged. For example, atoms in coal are rearranged to produce man-made diamonds.

Many manufacturing methods today utilize crude technologies lacking specificity. Similar to making things out of LEGO blocks with boxing gloves. The LEGO can be pushed into great heaps and be piled up, but they can't really snap them together the way they should.


Advances in nanotechnology science is begining to allow us to take off the boxing gloves. We will be able to snap together the fundamental building blocks of nature easily, inexpensively and in most of the ways permitted by the laws of physics. This will be essential to fabricate an entire new generation of medicine that are faster, stronger, and more precise.


The word "nanotechnology" has become very popular and is used to describe many types of research where the characteristic dimensions are less than about 1,000 nanometers. (1)

So what is biomedical nanotechnolgy? 

The combination of nanotechnology with biomedical sciences means that materials and devices designed to interact with the body at sub-cellular scales with a high degree of specificity can be made. This could be translated into targeted cellular and tissue-specific clinical applications aimed at maximal therapeutic effects with very limited adverse-effects.

Nanotechnology in biomedical sciences presents many revolutionary opportunities in the fight against all kinds of cancer, cardiac and neurodegenerative disorders, infection and other diseases. Nanodevices could also function to replace defective or improperly functioning cells. For example a man-made red blood cell would be capable of providing oxygen more effectively and replace defective natural red. 

Nanomachines could administer drugs within a patient’s body to peculiar sites making treatment more accurate and precise. Similar machines with specific tools could be used to remove obstacles in the circulatory system or identify and kill tumor cells.

 Nanorobots, operating in the human body, could monitor levels of different compounds and record the information in the internal memory and give updates to the doctor in a heart beat. Just as biotechnology extends the range and efficacy of treatment options available from nanomaterials, the advent of molecular nanotechnology will again expand enormously the effectiveness, comfort and speed of future medical treatments. (3)

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