Nanomedicine, Volume I: Basic Capabilities
© 1999 Robert A. Freitas Jr. All Rights Reserved.
Robert A. Freitas Jr., Nanomedicine, Volume I: Basic Capabilities, Landes Bioscience, Georgetown, TX, 1999
Before entering and navigating a cell, a medical nanorobot must first determine whether the cell belongs to the patient or is a foreign cell (Section 126.96.36.199). The nanorobot must also determine which type of cell it has encountered, either to verify its location in a desired target organ or tissue, or to ensure that a targeted cell type has been found (Section 188.8.131.52). Fortunately, the plasma membrane (the cell's outermost coat; Section 184.108.40.206) is an open book for nanodevices equipped to read it.
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