Cancer Research UK Announces Nanotech Breakthrough
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Following up on the post below, more nanotech cancer-fighting news: researchers at Cancer Research UK this week announced the development of a treatment "whereby tiny nano particles carried anti-tumor genes into cancer cells and 'zapped' them by causing them to make proteins that killed the cancer," according to Medical News Today's Catharine Paddock.
"Once inside the cell, the gene enclosed in the particle recognises the cancerous environment and switches on," Schatzlein says. "The result is toxic, but only to the offending cells, leaving healthy tissue unaffected. We hope this therapy will be used to treat cancer patients in clinical trials in a couple of years."