If biologists can learn to use devices only a few billionths of a meter across, they could get a far better view of life’s processes. They may even find ways to tinker with the machinery of life, death and disease. Welcome to the world of “nanomedicine.”
You may know it when you see it, but before you can foster innovation in a company or nation you need to be able to get a grip on it. Meet the researchers who are trying to quantify this crucial but elusive process.