Coming Up Next: Nanosurgery

A diagnosis of pancreatic cancer would be devastating to any of us, bringing with it the horrors of debilitating chemotherapy and a slim chance of surviving the next five years. Fifteen years from now, however, you might not even bat an eye at the news. Your doctor will simply hand you a capsule packed with millions of sensors, each programmed to seek out and kill the cancer cells in your body. A few weeks and a dozen doses later, your tumors will be gone--destroyed while you were going about your daily routine.

This isn't science fiction. The National Cancer Institute...

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