Nanotechnology could be basis of future cures

To illustrate nanotechnology’s potential in medicine, Northwestern University researcher Samuel Stupp today will present results showing paralyzed lab mice that have regained mobility through nanomaterial treatments.

In Stupp’s research, material designed to self-assemble was injected by syringe into mice with severed spinal cords. The nanomaterial grew into nanofibers that repaired damaged neurons, enabling the mice to again use their hind legs about 1 1/2 months after initial treatments.

In his book, “The Singularity is Near,” Ray Kurzweil, an inventor, entrepreneur and writer, argues that nano-based therapies to regenerate failing tissue will help extend the lives of Baby Boomers so most may live until more advances will enable them, essentially, to avoid traditional death altogether.

Stupp said he thinks that Kurzweil’s optimism has some basis.

Source:  Chicago Tribune

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