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Conference explores use of microbes in nanotechnology

American Society for Microbiology

Microbiologists and engineers are meeting together this month in San Francisco to explore how microorganisms can contribute to the field of nanotechnology. The American Society for Microbiology's (ASM) Conference on Bio-, Micro-, Nanosystems (held in collaboration with the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society) will be held January 15-18, 2006 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, California.

The conference will provide a forum for the exchange of scientific information in the emerging research area of biological materials, especially whole cells, used to produce molecular-scale machines. Some topics to be covered include:

  • Using bacteria and biotechnology to manufacture microscopic electronic devices
  • Developing interfaces between biological materials and nano-structures for applications such as disease detection, monitoring and control.
  • Using bacteria and other biological materials for information processing or as biomachines.
  • Using nanotechnology to diagnose and treat disease.


Additional information, including a full program agenda and abstracts (when they become available), can be found online at the conference website at

Members of the media are invited to attend this conference free of charge. Due to the small, intimate nature of the conference only a limited number of media representatives can be accommodated. Journalists wishing to register can contact Jim Sliwa in the ASM Office of Communications by email at or by phone at 202-942-9297.

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