Nanotechnology and animal health

Nanotechnology and animal health,N. r. Scott

Nanotechnology and animal health   (Citations: 5)
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Summary Nanotechnology, as a new enabling technology, has the potential to revolutionise agriculture and food systems in the United States of America and throughout the world. Examples of potential applications of nanotechnology in the science and engineering of agriculture and food systems include disease treatment delivery systems, new tools for molecular and cellular biology, the security of agricultural and food systems, new materials for pathogen detection, and protection of the environment. Existing research has clearly demonstrated the feasibility of introducing nanoshells and nanotubes into animal systems to seek out and destroy targeted cells. Nanoparticles smaller than one micron have been used to deliver drugs and genes into cells. Thus, some building blocks do exist in isolation and are expected to be integrated into systems over the next 10 to 15 years. It is reasonable to presume over the next couple of decades that nanobiotechnology industries and unique developments will revolutionise animal health and medicine.
Published in 2005.
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    • ...Nanotubes are essentially buckyballs that have been on two sides with additional atom groups added in the characteristic hexagon shape to form a hollow carbon tube 74 ...

    Ladan Rashidiet al. The Applications of Nanotechnology in Food Industry

    • ...Scott (2005) has provided a brief discussion of microfluidics, BioMEMS, nucleic acid engineering, nanosensors, nanotubes, buckballs, dendrimers, quantum dots and nanoshells with a focus on applications in veterinary medicine...
    • ...Feneque (2003) and Scott (2005) write that nanotechnology has the potential to significantly affect the way veterinarians will practice veterinary medicine...

    N. R. Scott. Nanoscience in Veterinary Medicine

    • ...Similarly, nanotube sensors implanted in the skin of livestock animals can detect changes in hormone levels or unusual amounts of antibodies, thereby helping to optimize breeding procedures and to initiate veterinary interventions before the onset of diseases that can hamper growth (Scott, 2005)...
    • ...Nanoshells with attached antigens were designed to seek out cancer cells and bind with them; when illuminated with infrared light, the nanoshells are heated, raising the temperature of the bound cancer cells and destroying them (Scott, 2005)...
    • ...Nanoscale monitors can also be linked to recording and tracking devices to monitor temperature and other conditions to which the food items are exposed to from the food processing plant to the consumer (Scott, 2005)...

    Bernardo Predicala. Nanotechnology: Potential for Agriculture

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