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ChristianKleineidam comments on Medical research: cancer is hugely overfunded; here's what to choose instead - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: ChristianKleineidam 10 August 2017 01:32:52PM 0 points [-]

Almost all diseases fundamentally occur at the nanoscale.

What exactly does that mean? What kind of nanotech are you thinking about?

Comment author: Daniel_Eth 20 August 2017 12:46:54PM 0 points [-]

The vast majority of ailments derive from unfortunate happenings at the subcellular level (i.e. the nanoscale). This includes amyloid buildup in alzheimers, DNA mutations in cancer, etc etc. Right now, medicine is - to a large degree - hoping to get lucky by finding chemicals that happen to combat these processes. But a more thorough ability of actually influencing events on this scale could be a boon for medicine. What type of nanotech am I envisioning exactly? That's pretty broad - though in the short/ medium term it could be carbon nanotubes targeting cancer cells (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304419X10000144), could be DNA origami used to deliver drugs in a targeted way (http://www.nature.com/news/dna-robot-could-kill-cancer-cells-1.10047), or could be something else entirely.