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  • Dissecting the nanoworld: The atomic force microscope nanoscalpel

    Posted on October 30th, 2009 cwmoore No comments

    All the Cut & Paste actions were completed using the free Ditto – an easily installed and removed program..

    (Nanowerk Spotlight – by J.D. Beard) Traditional techniques in cell biology involve chemical or pharmaceutical treatments of entire cells; however, in many cases it would be advantageous to target a single organelle or other structure within a cell without damaging overall cell structure. If scientists could inject a drug into a chosen organelle within the cell, or even destroy, extract or isolate the whole organelle without significantly harming the cell itself, new insight could be gained into the inner workings of the cell. In recent years, techniques have been developed which allow the manipulation of the individual nanoscale structures within biological cells.

    The complete article can be viewed at the Nanowerk site.  They have some really good nano technology articles.  Most of them boggle my mind & challenge it too.  If I could do it over, I think this is an area I would enjoy working within.

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