By Jørgen Kjems, Professor Centre for Cellular Signal Patterns (CellPat) Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre (iNANO), Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics Aarhus University
Traditional medicine affects both sick and healthy cells, but today the researchers are developing more “intelligent” medicine – nanomedicine – which itself finds the diseased cells, signals where they are and delivers the medicine while the healthy cells are spared. It opens up for a much more efficient treatment of e.g. cancer and arthritis with less side effects. It also allows to program stem cells in our body to build eg. new bones, nerves and, eventually, new organs from 3D printed templates.