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WASHINGTON, D.C.Nanotechnology's many anticipated benefits will arrive in waves of innovation, beginning with today's stain-resistant clothing and other first-generation applications and extending decades into the future, when extraordinarily advanced products, from self-repairing tissues to quantum computers, may become practical.

Given the incredible promise of the fast emerging fieldand the billions in public and private investment that it has attractedthe Wilson Center's Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) launched today a new series of NanoFrontiers newsletters and podcasts focused on progress toward exciting applications on the horizon of nanotechnology. Intended to encourage broader public understanding of nanotechnology, both are available on the PEN website at: www.nanotechproject.org

Prepared by freelance science writer Karen Schmidt, the first Trips to the NanoFrontier podcast features a discussion with Dr. Samuel I. Stupp, director of the Institute of BioNanotechnology in Medicine at Northwestern University, on prospective nanotechnology applications in tissue engineering. Dr. Stupp and colleagues are investigating how self-assembling nanofibers can be used to jump start repairs of damaged cells and restore functions. He also shares predictions on the long-term potential of using nanotechnology to treat specific medical conditions.

The debut issue of the monthly NanoFrontiers newsletter explores several developments in nanomedicine and examines where they might lead over the long term. Efforts focused on detecting, diagnosing, treating, and ultimately preventing cancer are used to illustrate nanotechnology-enabled progress in biomedicine.

The podcasts and newsletter build on the report NanoFrontiers: Visions for the Future of Nanotechnology, the outcome of a technology-forecasting meeting, sponsored by PEN, the National Institutes of Health, and the National
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Contact: Sharon McCarter
sharon.mccarter@wilsoncenter.org
202-691-4016
Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
20-Apr-2007


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