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Robert Freitas

Robert A. Freitas, Jr. is a research scientist at Zyvex Corporation. He holds degrees in physics, psychology, and law, and has written more than 100 technical papers, book chapters, or popular articles on a diverse set of scientific, engineering, and legal topics. He co-edited the 1980 NASA feasibility analysis of self-replicating space factories and later authored the first detailed technical design study of a medical nanorobot ever published in a refereed biomedical journal.

Most recently, Freitas authored Nanomedicine, the first book-length technical discussion of the potential medical applications of molecular nanotechnology and medical nanorobotics. Volume I was published in October 1999 by Landes Bioscience while Freitas was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing in Palo Alto, California.

Volume IIA has recently been completed and Freitas is currently working on completing Volumes IIB and III of Nanomedicine. He is also exploring molecular assembler design.

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