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Nanomedicine (Lond). 2007 Aug;2(4):425-39.

Rise of the nanomachine: the evolution of a revolution in medicine.

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Department of Chemistry, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-5003, USA.

Abstract

Although the current array of nanomachines mostly comprises simple devices (at least from a mechanical viewpoint), the underlying physical and chemical interactions that play key roles in the 'assembly' of these machines have required decades of research to ascertain a fundamental understanding of how such processes can be manipulated at the nanoscale. In this review, we wish to convey a realistic picture of the current developments in the design and implementation of nanomachines, with an emphasis on how these developments are leading to practical applications in medicine, including a sense of how such simple devices are rapidly becoming the building blocks for assembling the nanorobots of tomorrow.

PMID:
17716130
DOI:
10.2217/17435889.2.4.425
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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