I like to include something educational in my novels. In The Nano Experiment it is nanomedicine.
After she breaks out of prison, Eileen is captured and used as a lab rat in a nanomedicine medical trial. Below is a description of nanomedicine. The question is did I portray it in the book so the readers will understand it? The answer is in the reviews.
“The author’s inclusion of the concept of nanomedicine in the plot is articulate and intriguing...His characters are nicely done…Readers who like the thrillers and mysteries with a medical theme should find The Nano Experiment interesting and entertaining, as well as faster-paced than most books in this sub-genre.” Von Pittman for The Genreview
Robert A. Freitas Jr., Senior Research Fellow at the Institute For Molecular Manufacturing has graciously edited the references to nanomaufacturing and nanomedicine. “I enjoyed the book,” he said. “It’s a good read. The ending has a neat wrap-up with almost all the loose ends nicely taken care of.”
Nanomedicine is the creation of microscopic, carbon-based, bacterium-sized computer controlled robots that are infused into the blood stream. The computer inside the robot is programmed to detect a virus-infected cell through the cell’s specific antigen.
Once the nanorobots’s sensors find the virus-infected cells the nanorobots home in on those deformed cells and digest them into harmless, simple chemicals like sugar and amino acids.
Unlike current drugs that have numerous side effects, nanomedicine robots destroy only the infected cells without harming healthy cells and body functions.
Nanomedicine has the potential to cure the common cold, HIV, diabetes, cancer, alzheimers, muscular dystrophy, broken bones, damaged organs and spinal injuries. It can also diagnose problems without X-rays, invasive surgery, biopsies or blood tests.”
Furthermore, much like natural cells that make proteins, nanorobots will be able to produce enzymes, hormones and vitamins that may be lacking in a person. Conversely, the robots will also absorb and remove toxins and poisons from the body.
The Institute for Molecular Manufacturing, Harvard, Stanford, IBM, Agilent Technologies, Molecular Nanosystems, Merck, Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer and many other companies are working on nanomedicine robots and expect to have them perfected by the mid 2020s.
Other benefits of molecular nanotechnology
Nanomedicine is a sub-division of molecular nanotechnology, the revolutionary science that will create products that are a hundred times stronger than aluminum, steel or plastic. The aerospace industry will be able build shuttles so light they will not need booster rockets to launch them into space. Motors can be built that transform a half-million watts of power per cubic millimeter into work at ninety-nine percent efficiency. Materials used to build automobiles can be shrunk from two thousand pounds to roughly a couple of hundred pounds, making them highly fuel efficient.
Dangers of molecular nanotechnology
It is through chemistry using the basic elements of hydrogen, carbon, sulfur, oxygen, and nitrogen that the molecule-sized sorting rotors, robot arms, shafts, pumps, tanks, syringes, differential gears, bearings and computers will be created to make up the components of nanorobots.
Since those basic elements are the building blocks of life on earth if something goes haywire the nanorobots can literally eat up the atmosphere turning the earth into a moon-like rock.
Computers, cameras and surveillance equipment can be miniaturized to the size of a gnat. Big brother will be everywhere watching everybody.
Yet those problem are insignificant compared to what might happen if radical terrorists should get their hands on the nanofactories that make nanorobots. (The nanofactories are so small they will sit on a desk top.) Terrorists would be able to build bioweapons the size of insects that would be able to fly around and inject toxins into people. It would be possible for terrorists to fit in a suitcase enough toxin-carrying robots to wipe out the entire human race.