Call to prioritise nanomedicine:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Nanomedicine is a valuable new technology for diagnostics and should have a higher profile in medicine, according to influential medical journal The Lancet. The statement in its August 30 2003 issue follows a review of nanoscience by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), which highlighted disease diagnosis and treatment as key areas in which the discipline could help mankind. According to NIH, nanostructures (defined as between 1-100nm in size) offer "novel means for body or organ imaging. Nanotweezers and surgical tools only a few nanometers thick are already in development. Nanoprobes may be able to add diagnostic specificity to biopsy studies."