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
Histonatation, or swimming through biological tissues, will be necessary for medical nanorobots that need to reach a specific histological or cellular target to begin diagnostic or repair work. Each tissue that must be traversed has its own unique set of biochemical, immunochemical, mechanical, electrokinetic, and other characteristics that will affect the precise mode and manner of locomotion. A complete survey of all possible tissue types is beyond the scope of this book. This Section briefly considers a few important issues in the following general circumstances -- exiting endothelial-cell-lined blood vessels to enter the tissues (Section 188.8.131.52), passage through largely acellular tissue (Section 184.108.40.206), passage through cell-dense tissue (Section 220.127.116.11), and tissue-resident nanorobot conjugation and partition (Section 18.104.22.168).
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