How and why do we design and build artificial structures and even machines at the nanoscale using DNA, proteins, and other biological molecules or hybrid bio-inorganic robots using the building principles of biology? Nano Comes to Life explores how nanotechnology (the capacity to visualize and manipulate matter at the nanoscale) is revolutionizing medicine in ways that will have profound effects on our health and longevity. From nanomachines that can target individual cancer cells and deliver drugs more effectively, to nanoantibiotics that can fight resistant bacteria, to the engineering of tissues and organs for research, drug discovery, and transplantation. More profoundly nanotech facilitates the study of biology within the framework of physics, thereby creating interfaces with other fields to potentially change not only the future of materials, engineering and AI, but also the way we think about life itself.
About the Author
Sonia Contera is professor of biological physics in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford and one of today’s leading nanotech pioneers. She lives in Oxford, England. Twitter @SONIACONTERA