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Hybrid nanotech

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 Hybrid nanotech2003-04-11 23:59
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At this evenings meeting of the L.A. futurists group the speaker was Dr. Carlo Montemagno who runs the Department of Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering at UCLA. He is a pioneer in hybrid biotech. Nanoscale Biological Engineering. Very impressive. Instead of trying to build little machines one atom at a time, which are very unstable, the idea is to do it more like nature's way. Get the right kind of proteins together under conditions where they'll follow simple rules consistently and do useful things. The 'hybrid' approach is doing nanotech with biological components. They're making good progress with something sort of like remote controlled slime molds. See this site.

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