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WDW Nanotech Aff[1]

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05/09/2014

Nanotech solves for pain and diseases

Spence, 1999

Bill, Alcor Life Extension Foundation, December 1999, http://www.stii.dost.gov.ph/infoscience/jun2001/jun01_6.htm) KMH

Supermedicine Nanotechnology can have innumerable applications in various fields including industry, agriculture, energy, ecology, and
health, among others. Supermedicine, including cryonics (roughly, freezing the terminally with the intention of reviving it in the future
when nanotechnology already has the cure for the illness) excites more people now than anything else. Building on the atomic scale,
mechanical computers with the power of a mainframe can be manufactured so small, that several hundred will fit inside the space
of a biological cell. If one combines microscopic motors, gears, bearings, plates, sensors, power and communication cables, etc.
with powerful microscopic computers, one has
the makings of a new class of materials, programmable microscopic smart materials
that can be used in medicine.
Medical nanite can patrol the body, armed with a complete knowledge of a person's DNA, and dispatch
any foreign invaders. Such cell sentinels will form an artificial immune system and immunity to not only the common cold, but also
AIDS and any future viral or bacterial mutations. The nanites can do what the plastic surgeon does, only better. No pain, no
bruising, and results overnight
. People can sculpt their own bodies. People who feel they were born with the wrong gender can really
make the change, taking on the full attribute of the opposite sex. Men can bear children. Imagine having one's body and bones woven
with invisible diamond fabric.
Simple calculations show, a properly engineered body reinforcement net (possibly bio-diamond
composite) woven with nanites smaller than a human cell can increase tolerance to "G" forces to the point that one can fall out of a
building and walk away unhurt and alive.
In the event of a fire or a chemical spill, should the air become toxic, microscopic diamond
vessels just ten billionths of a meter wide, pressurized with 1,000 atmospheres of pure oxygen could sense oxygen levels in the blood and
provide respiration requirements of the body for hours. Fatal accidents can be walked away from, thanks to a range of safety devices
possible only with nanotechnology. Even more astounding, nano computers ad manipulators will be small enough to insert into cells,
without compromising cellular function ad perform a myriad novel functions. One particularly interesting function is to take an inventory
of the host cell's structures using the cell's DNA as a blueprint. Should a foreign nasty element arrive, something outside the inventory as
stated by the cell's DNA, the cell sentinel will destroy the invader before it has time to cause damage. The nano computer will not need to
know what disease the invader represents, it will not matter. If it is not included in the DNA code, it is destroyed. Viruses, prions
(microscopic protein particle similar to a virus but lacking in nucleic acid), parasites and bacteria continue to mutate ad produce new
diseases which man's immune system may or may not handle. In theory, a nano cell sentinel can make the body immune to any
present or future infectious diseases. Imagine a child growing up disease-free. There will be no more painful childbirth
. With
mature nanotechnology capable of cellular manipulation, there is no reason a woman should experience agonizing hours of labor at the
miraculous moment of birth. Dilation can be controlled by the mother without pain. Birth will no longer be traumatic with
nanotechnology. There will be nanites for cellular structural repair s (radiation damage, etc.) ad genetic modifications, like disabling
biological death gene clocks. >

Nanotechnology can solve the problems of disease and cancer

K. Eric Drexler, visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Department of Computer Science. Nanotechnology; Research and Perspectives,
edited by BC Crandall and James Lewis. 1989 p. 345

Potential medical applications also show that small systems can have big effects. Cells and tissues in the human body are built and
maintained by molecular machinery, but sometimes that machinery proves inadequate: viruses multiply, cancer cells spread, or systems
age and deteriorate. As one might expect, new molecular machines and computers of subcellular size could support the body's own
mechanisms. Devices containing nanocomputers interfaced to molecular sensors and effectors could serve as an augmented immune
system, searching out and destroying viruses and cancer cells. Similar devices, programmed as repair ma-chines, could enter living cells
to edit out viral DNA sequences and repair molecular damage. Such machines would bring surgical control to the molecular level,
opening broad new horizons in medicine.

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