Walter Jon Williams may have described it most clearly in his novel “Aristoi”, the idea that any nano-technological critter, given the ability to reproduce, can go bad and take over a whole environment, devouring everything it can reach. If you are a cyberpunk/hard sci-fi fan, you may have heard of it as “Mataglap” or “Grey Goo”. It begs the question, how do you control against a microscopically sized organism? Or more to the point, how can you control against them on the fly, away from lab facilities and clean rooms?
Here and now, for biological organisms, there is a solution. Specialized adhesive tapes that can be impregnated with chemical compounds to neutralize biological organisms. The kinds of germs, bugs and viruses that many imagine the architecture of future nano-particles will be based upon.
As always, the link’s there at the top so you can read the original article for yourself and decide if you’re going to be taping the cracks around your windows closed in case the Measles epidemic comes to your street in suburbia.