Nanomedicine, Volume IIA: Biocompatibility
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Robert A. Freitas Jr., Nanomedicine, Volume IIA: Biocompatibility, Landes Bioscience, Georgetown, TX, 2003
15.3.6 Biocompatibility of Other Nanomedical Materials
A great variety of additional materials and nanoparticulates  might be employed in the fabrication of medical nanodevices and nanorobots for which biocompatibility must be assessed. Only a few of these many possibilities can be mentioned here, including DNA (Section 188.8.131.52), nitinol (Section 184.108.40.206), metals and semiconductors (Section 220.127.116.11), and dendrimers (Section 18.104.22.168). Neural cell biocompatibility is briefly addressed in Section 22.214.171.124, and Section 126.96.36.199 examines the possible biofouling of medical nanorobots by natural biomaterials found in the human body. A short discussion of the biocompatibility of free diamondoid nanoparts from nanorobots, or free organic nanoparts set loose from biorobots (e.g., cell parts such as free organelles, released into the human bloodstream), may be found in Section 15.4.4. Interestingly, in 2001 Rice University established a new Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology  to investigate the effects of novel nanomaterials on the environment  and on biological systems ; other efforts of this sort  are strongly encouraged.
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