Nanotechnology And The Future

The growing importance of nanotechnology is reflected by the increased U.S. Federal Nanotechnology budget from $270 million in the financial year 2000 to $738 million in financial year 2003 (17).

The National Institutes of Health has awarded researchers grants totaling nearly $10 million, to establish a multidisciplinary research program in cancer nanotechnology and to develop a new class of nanoparticles for molecular and cellular imaging. Working at the sub-atomic level, these scientists will be seeking data that will link molecular signatures to patient's clinical outcomes, so that cancers can be predicted, detected earlier, and treated more effectively. The primary focus of the new program will be prostate cancer.

Nanotechnology is expected to have a significant impact on urological research and clinical practice and will allow urologists to intervene at the cellular and molecular level, with diagnostic and therapeutic clinical benefit.

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