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LIFE SCIENCE TECHNOLOGIES: Prognosis for Nanotechnology Treatments

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Science  06 Jul 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6090, pp. 112-114
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6090.112


Nanotechnology-based tools and treatments promise sensitive disease diagnosis and accurate drug delivery. Most important, the physical features of nanometer-size materials provide capabilities that larger objects cannot match. Nonetheless, some of the challenges, such as biocompatibility and toxicity, require ongoing research and improved solutions. Despite these obstacles, some nanoscale approaches to medicine can already be used.