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Nano Comes to Life: How nanotechnology ushers physics into biology, transforming medicine, and perhaps even the future of computing

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How and why do we design and build artificial structures and even machines at the nanoscale using DNA , proteins, and other biological molecules or construct hybrid bio-inorganic robots using the building principles of biology? Prof Contera will explore how nanotechnology is revolutionising medicine in ways that will have profound effects on our health. From nanostructures inspired by biology that can train the immune system to fight cancer or a viral infection, to nanoantibiotics that can eliminate resistant bacteria, to the engineering of tissues and organs for research, drug discovery, and transplantation. More profoundly, nanotech facilitates the study of biology within the framework of physics, thereby creating interfaces with other fields (e.g. bioinspired quantum devices and computer science). This will potentially change not only the future of materials, engineering and AI, but also the way we think about life itself, and give us confidence to pose questions such as “what is intuition?” from a physics lab.

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Nanotechnology Society series.

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