Yes that would be us... you're on this voyage also or you wouldn't be reading this. Hows about a ship even smaller than the one Raquel Welch got shrunk into but plenty exciting all the same, probably revolutionary and certainly awe inspiring. I stumbled across a ScienceDaily (2009-01-16) article: Fantastic Voyage: Medical 'Mini-submarine' Invented To Blast Diseased Cells In The Body
Scientists developed a medical "mini-submarine" to blast diseased cells in the body. The blueprints for the submarine and a map of its proposed maiden voyage were developed earlier this year. Now the scientists will build and test-run the actual "machine" in human bodies.The lead scientist, Dr. Peer, has some goals that resonate.
We are particularly interested in
1. Identifying key genes responsible for pluripotent hematopoietic stem cells self-renewal properties.
2. Studying the role of cell cycle regulators in proliferation, migration, and cytokine production in lymphocytes, macrophages and dendritic cells during inflammatory bowel diseases and rheumatoid arthritis .
3. Developing and studying novel approaches to target cancer stem cells.
4. Harnessing siRNAs and miRNAs as novel tools for drug discovery and for therapeutic applications.
Let hope his voyage is fantastic, incredible and highly relevant to what ails me.