How nanotech is transforming medicine

From cancer drugs to diagnostics, nanotechnology promises to be the ‘next little thing’. Australian Doctor visits one Australian centre where such advances are well underway.

Bakul Gupta pulls a pair of safety glasses over her eyes and takes the 35% hydrofluoric acid out of the lab fridge.

In a neatly labelled plastic bottle, the clear liquid looks innocuous. But looks are deceiving — it is corrosive enough to dissolve her bones. So the doctoral student at Sydney's University of NSW treats it with care as she pours it into a round Teflon vessel.