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|Title:||Scope of atomic force microscopy in the advancement of nanomedicine|
|Keywords:||Atomic force microscopy (AFM)|
|Abstract:||One of the most exciting fields of current research is nanomedicine, but its definition and landscape remains elusive due to its continuous expansion in all directions and thus constantly eroding its boundaries and defying definitions. This lack of conceptual framework and confusing definitions was a hurdle for policy makers to enunciate credible goals and allocate resources for the advancement of the field. In this mini review, we have provided a broad framework of nanomedicine which defines its elusive landscape, and we hope this framework will accommodate its explosive growth in the future. Also, we have highlighted the role and scope of atomic force microscopy techniques in the advancement of nanomedicine. For improving health care of all that eventually would require successful intervention at fundamental biological processes, the importance of understanding the structure-function relationship of biomolecules cannot be over emphasized. In this context, AFM and its variants play a pivotal role in contributing towards the nanomedicine knowledge-base that is required for fruitful developments in nano-diagnostics and nano-therapeutics.|
|ISSN:||0975-1009 (Online); 0019-5189 (Print)|
|Appears in Collections:||IJEB Vol.48(10) [October 2010]|
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