5 Patents to Watch
April 12, 2001 | Source: Technology Review
Growing human organs to ease the deadly shortages facing patients desperate for transplants. Deploying organic molecules to store a million times more data than silicon can. Harnessing the unused processing power on your desktop to attack gigantic computational problems, from genetic analysis to spotting hidden customer trends. Massively expanding the data capacity of optical networks to turbocharge the information superhighway. Modifying plants to grow cheap, lifesaving vaccines.
The editors of Technology Review have selected these inventions for “5 Patents to Watch,” a special section highlighting some of last year’s most intriguing and potentially world-changing patents.