Nanotechnology for Biology and Medicine: At the Building Block Level
by Gabriel A. Silva and Vladimir Parpura
Nanotechnology for Biology and Medicine: At the Building Block Level introduces the reader to current cutting-edge approaches being pursued for the design and development of nanotechnology applications to different areas of biology and medicine. It discusses the key biological challenges at the molecular and cellular levels being faced by this new field, and some of the strategies being developed to address them. The specific topics covered include the extracellular environment and design of engineered matrices, synthetic patterning methods for biological applications, molecular motors and machines, atomic force microscopy methods for measuring nanoscale features, and the use of quantum dot and carbon nanotube nanotechnologies for imaging and interfacing with neural cells. It is intended to serve as an introduction to the field, while providing in-depth coverage for the more advanced reader.