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Release date:
Nov. 30, 2001
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Nanobiology research works to uncover mysteries of cellular mechanics

The new field of nanobiology combines biology and physics in ways never before imagined, with the potential to revolutionize medicine and industry. Emory physics professor Fereydoon Family and his team of researchers are working to find out how nature works at the nanoscale, particularly how transport takes place in biological systems at that level. By utilizing trends visualized in cellular mechanics, scientists will be able to apply the findings to nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology involves the design and creation of devices out of a few atoms and small molecules--devices roughly the size of a nanometer, or a billionth of a meter. A million nanoscale devices can fit on a single dot on a page and have innumerable technological applications.

"The impact of nanodevices in medicine will be revolutionary," Family says. "There will be new generations of prosthetic and medical implants whose surfaces are molecularly designed to interact with the body. Specially designed molecules will react with the body fluids to regenerate bone, skin and other damaged tissues or act on plaques in the brain to fight against buildup of amyloid deposits and Alzheimer's disease. The work we're doing to discover the physics of nanobiology will help take us there."

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