04/23/2007 - Nanotechnology broadly refers to the ability to manipulate molecules, making them do things molecules don't normally do, and a most dramatic example of this would be growing new tissue to treat conditions such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's diseases.
To illustrate nanotechnology's potential in medicine, Northwestern University researcher Samuel Stupp, the director of the school's bionanotech in medicine institute, will present results showing paralyzed lab mice that have regained mobility through nanomaterial treatments.
The demonstration, set for Monday in Washington, is intended to underscore nanotech's potential as outlined in a new report, Nanofrontiers, sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Pew Charitable Trusts. The report, which grew out of an earlier meeting of scientists sponsored by the National Science Foundation, is restrained, talking about results that may occur decades hence.Read the rest of the article at the Chicago Tribune site--Nanotechnology Could Be Basis of Future Cures.
Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but for more information, visit the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies on PewHealth.org.