More than 1,200 people from around the world recently gathered in Tel Aviv, Israel to share in the excitement of what scientists say will be the greatest technological revolution of all—nanotechnology.
Imagine a world where cancer patients will no longer suffer through the debilitating effects of chemotherapy. Instead, they will swallow a pill composed of nanites that enter the body, seek out and destroy only the cancer cells, leaving the healthy cells untouched. Or, the cultivation of special plants that will be spliced with genes from a host person, thereby producing a stem cell bank for regenerating organs and other diseased tissue. Food-borne bacteria outbreak? Nano-sensors will immediately reveal the presence of bacterial infection in food. No more waiting 24-36 hours for the bacteria culture results. The nano-sensors will identify the type of bacteria, its strength and other factors necessary to minimize the fallout from food poisoning due to bacterial infections. Read the rest of this entry →