Chad Cooper writes "On September 13, 2004 the National Cancer Institute (NCI) launched the NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer an integrated $144.3 million, five-year initiative to develop and apply nanotechnology to cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment. The Alliance will encompass researchers, clinicians, and public and private organizations that have joined forces to translate cancer-related nanotechnology research into clinical practice. Nanotechnology has already demonstrated promising results in cancer research and treatment. This initiative builds on the scientific advances in genomics and proteomics and our understanding of the molecular underpinnings of cancer by facilitating cross-disciplinary and cross-sector collaboration with nanotechnology, which is ripe for biomedical application. http://nano.cancer.gov/nano_highlights_alliance-la unch.asp"