"Zapping Tumors with Gold Nanoshells" is a 9-minute video that tells the story of two Rice University researchers, physicist Naomi Halas and bioengineer Jennifer West, who came together and hatched an idea that could someday lead to relief for millions of cancer patients. But of course the road from the lab to the cure leads through many twists and turns.... Dr. Halas and Dr. West's experimental cancer therapy is one of several new nanomedicine-based approaches to cancer treatment that is explored in the Nanomedicine Explorer kiosk, website and DVD (also on nisenet.org). The video, website and DVD are available in english and spanish. Contact Strategic Projects at the Museum of Science, Boston for the DVD (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Nanomedicine is the application of nanotechnology to medicine.
- Nanotechnology is the science of the small and the engineering and applications of very small structures.
- Nanomedicine researchers develop tiny materials, tools and devices that can work with extreme precision at the nanoscale, the scale of the molecules and cells that make up our bodies.
- Nanotechnology has created many materials and devices with unique and distinctive features - providing a new "toolbox" to try to address many medical needs.
- Experts from a variety of backgrounds and in a range of different science and engineering disciplines are coming together to address these challenges.
- Research involves creativity, discipline, teamwork and inspiration; it is often rewarding in personal as well as professional ways.
- What cancer is, and how it grows and metastasizes.
- All new techniques must go through years of testing to ensure that they will work and that they will be safe.
- Scientists and engineers have formed the interdisciplinary field of nanotechnology by investigating properties and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.
- Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanoengineering lead to new knowledge and innovations that weren't possible before.
- Nanotechnologies—and their costs, utility, risks, and benefits—are closely interconnected with society and with our values.
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