NASA, NCI & "Nano-Explorers"

From: Randy Smith (
Date: Wed Apr 12 2000 - 20:31:25 MDT

Here is an excerpt of the article at

Nasa And National Cancer Institute Join To Develop Nano-Explorers For The
Human Body

To treat symptoms of the common cold, most people take a gel capsule
containing hundreds of granular pieces of medicine as a remedy for coughing,
sneezing and a runny nose. Now, imagine ingesting a capsule of similar size,
containing microscopic sensors to detect, diagnose and treat disease inside
the human body.
It sounds like science fiction. However, NASA, in collaboration with the
National Cancer Institute (NCI), is working to turn this vision into
"science fact." To mark the unique partnership, NASA Administrator Daniel
Goldin and National Cancer Institute (NCI) Director Dr. Richard Klausner
will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to develop new biomedical
technologies that can detect, diagnose and treat disease here on Earth and
in space. The development of such technologies will improve life on Earth
and one day revolutionize medicine and space travel.

The signing will begin at 1 p.m. EDT on April 13, in Room SD- 138 of the
Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. Goldin and
Klausner will discuss their visions of bio-molecular technologies and
present video concepts of such future technology

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