Nano drug carrier (!!!)

by Eric Drexler on 2010/12/08

This news just in:

A ‘buckyball’ — a spherical molecule made up of 60 carbon atoms — has been turned into a vial just big enough to hold a single water molecule….

The authors say that uses for the vial could include acting as a carrier for drugs in the body.
(News item)

As The Onion might ask, What do you think?


As I’ve said, scientists are held to a high standard when talking about scientific results with their peers, and a noticeably different standard when talking about potential applications with everyone else.

This just might be a cumulative problem for the credibility of science regarding (for example) climate change, and maybe even the potential of nanotechnology.

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Jeffrey Soreff December 13, 2010 at 11:13 pm UTC

The ultimate in child-proof packaging? :-)
(There actually is a pharmaceutical that will fit: Li+)

Pablo February 20, 2011 at 8:07 pm UTC

I’ve just recently come to admire the power of nanotechnology. A discovery as such is important for nanotechnology to gain traction in health-care. Today’s drug therapy seems to take a “shot in the dark” approach but with the invent of guided delivery medicine, I hope we can manage dreadful diseases.

Can’t wait to see a nanorobot delivery system in clinical trials.

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