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Berlin Nanoscript: Act One

Dr. Ludin:
Particle! Particle! Burning bright

In the labs of the night
What posthuman hand or eye

Could frame thy fearful trans_patenttry?

Dr. Dominguez:
In 2005 researchers in the University of Texas in the United States found that carbon nanotubes squirted into the trachea of mice caused inflammation of the lungs and granulomas (tumour-like nodules of bloated white blood cells in the lining of the lungs), and five of the nine mice treated with the higher dose died almost immediately.

Dr. Ludin:
In what gene deeps or skies
 Burnt the ownership of thine eyes?
On what code dare it aspire?
What IP dare seize the fire?
And what patent, and what part,
Could twist the WIPO of thy heart?
And when thy particles began to beat,
What dread sensor? And what dread fleet?

Dr. Dominguez:
In another nanotoxicity experiment in 2006 at Tottori University, Japan, researchers showed that within a minute of contacting the mice's tiniest airways, carbon nanotubes began to burrow through gaps between the surface lining cells and into the blood capillaries, where the negatively charged nanoparticles latched onto the normally positively charged red blood cells' surface, thereby potentially causing the red blood cells to clump and the blood to clot.

Dr. Ludin:
What the atomic force hammer? What the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the chip? What circuit grasp
/ Dare its deadly errors clasp? When the nanities threw down their gears /
And watered ownership with their tears / Did K. Eric Drexler smile his work to see?
Did nano-carbon 60 who made the Lamb make thee?

Dr. Dominguez:
Researchers from the University of Rochester, New York, in 2006 reported an increased susceptibility to blood clotting in rabbits that had inhaled carbon nanospheres (buckyballs, an isotope of carbon shaped like a tiny football). Buckyballs present in water at 0.5 parts per million were taken up by largemouth bass, which suffered severe brain damage 48 hours later, the extent of the damage being 17 times greater than that seen in non-nano scale particles tested.

Dr. Ludin:
Particle! Particle! Burning bright

In the labs of the night
What posthuman hand or eye

Could frame thy fearful trans_patenttry?

Dr. Dominguez:
Nanoparticles in the lungs are translocated to the circulatory system and from there throughout the body, accumulating in the liver, spleen, and bone marrow. Nanoparticles inhaled through the nose and air passages are translocated to the brain through the olfactory nerves, and accumulate in the brain. Nanoparticles can enter the body through the skin; and quantum dots injected into the skin accumulate in lymph nodes with potential effects on the immune system.

Dr. Ludin:
Particle! Particle! Burning bright

In the labs of the night
What posthuman hand or eye

Could frame thy fearful trans_patenttry?

Prelude | Act One | Act Two | act three