Monday, November 28, 2005

A bit of futurity!

Interested in nano-medicine, and knowing why it would be a blessing and a curse? Here is an article published in Salon titled Nanomedicine's brave new world which might interest you. The article has many rather fascinating passages like this one:
A machine that "shreds" a billion bases of DNA a day could burn through the human genome in 72 hours. Yet we fully expect that this phenomenal accomplishment will be eclipsed within a few years by nanoengineering. Around the world, research teams are closing in on single-molecule DNA sequencing technology. One group has published a design for an instrument that could place a million single-molecule sequencers on a device the size of a postage stamp. To accomplish this, each sequencer will have an operating volume of one zeptoliter -- much less than one billionth of one billionth of a liter! There can be no doubt that within a few years, most individuals will have their genome sequenced and encoded as part of their medical record. And this is just the beginning.
Happy reading!

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