In a paper that appeared in Nature Nanotechnology today, IBM
For instance, such a detailed level of imaging could provide scientists and researchers a greatly enhanced understanding of how proteins function within the human body. That knowledge, in turn, could lead to the creation of new mechanisms for drug treatments.
And it doesn't stop there. Computer engineers could use this technology to pinpoint the precise location of specific atoms within a tiny nanoelectronic structure, to create better-performing devices. Similarly, material scientists could employ the tool to ensure that high-performance materials -- such as the type that will be used in the construction of next-generation aircraft -- don't experience any breakdowns at the atomic level.
It is too early to determine whether IBM envisions selling this equipment to individual companies or whether it intends to sell "access" to the equipment -- and consulting expertise -- to users. But it is clear that a number of clients in the pharmaceutical, aerospace, and chemical industries with whom IBM already has pre-existing relationships -- including Pfizer
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