It may sound like science fiction, but one of the nation's top nanotechnology scientists said it could be only four or five years away.
"I think it's coming pretty soon," said Dr.
Singh spoke during a summit for state and national scientists Friday in
His group at ASU has worked on viral and antibacterial research.
"Lots of diseases happen because of bacterial or viral infection," Singh said. "There would be new nanomaterials which could target a specific bacterial virus. The virus may be in your body, and (nanotechnology) can target it before you even get sick."
Breakthroughs could also streamline tests and diagnoses, he said, making it possible to test for "almost all possible diseases" using a single sample, and returning results in about 10 minutes.
Treatment would be more targeted with fewer side effects, as well. For instance, he said nanotechnology could kill only cancerous cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed.
Singh's department got a
That led to the first NanoBio Summit this week at the
Presenters came from as far away as
But Singh said that's just the tip of the iceberg.
"Lots of nanotechnology research is being done at universities and throughout the country," he said. "That's where most of the innovations will happen in the next 50 to 100 years.
"It's already happening with computers. They are getting smaller because of the nanotechnology. It's going to touch many areas -- energy, cars-- This will be the future of the world."
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