Nanotechnology involves manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale. A special focus issue highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of nanotechnology has been published in Nanomedicine. The report explores the medical application of nanotechnology to monitor, repair, and control human biological systems at the molecular level.
Michael Schillmeier, who co-guest-edited the two-volume issue with Robert Luxenhofer and Matthias Barz, said, "This special issue brings the different actors of nanomedicine closer together and encourages scientists to better understand the work of others who perform outside their own comfort zone. With a rather unique assemblage of input and opinion from scientists, philosophers, clinicians and social scientists, it is the beginning of an experiment in itself to rethink nanomedicine in the making."
Contributing authors to the issue address the historical trajectory of the field, current debates, and future perspectives on nanomedical research. The articles position nanomedicine as not just a biological, chemical, and physical issue, but also a social issue. Of particular note, the articles bring together natural scientists, social scientists, clinicians and philosophers to both critically discuss and also engage with the creation of novel practices, concepts, methods, models and metaphors in nanomedicine. The authors also address the medical and regulatory needs of current nanomedical research and its possible future.