National Academy advisory: Nanotechnology conference summary available June 1

05/25/05

Last November, the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative held a conference at which researchers from science, engineering and medicine discussed recent developments in nanotechnology, directions for future research, and possible biomedical applications. The centerpiece of the conference was breakout sessions in which ten focus groups of researchers from different fields spent eight hours developing research plans to solve various problems in the field of nanotechnology. Among the challenges were:

  • Building a nanosystem that can isolate, sequence and identify RNA or DNA
  • Developing a system to detect disease in vivo
  • Sequencing a single molecule of protein
  • Creating a biological system that will create a local hydrogen fuel source, and
  • Growing a biological in vivo power source.

Representatives from public and private funding organizations, government, industry, and the science media also participated in the focus groups.

A summary of the conference focus groups, DESIGNING NANOSTRUCTURES AT THE INTERFACE BETWEEN BIOMEDICAL AND PHYSICAL SYSTEMS, will be available to reporters for immediate release starting at 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 1. To obtain a copy of the summary, contact the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative at 949-387-5783 or e-mail mperreault@nas.edu

For more information about the conference, visit: http://www.nationalacademies.org/keck/nano

Source: Eurekalert & others

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