Home > News > Nanoparticles to Fight Cancer from the Inside
September 11th, 2003
Nanoparticles to Fight Cancer from the Inside
Scientists at Berlin's Charité Hospital have developed a new technique using nanotechnology to fight cancer cells. Tiny iron oxide particles are used to give malignant cells a high "fever" they can't survive. The new procedure involves coating the tiny iron oxide particles with an organic substance, such as the sugar glucose, and injecting them into a malignant tumor. The tumor, which has a fast metabolism and correspondingly high energy needs, greedily sucks up the little particles masquerading as sugar pellets of a sort. Healthy cells, on the other hand, show little interest. The voraciousness of cancer cells proves to be the tumor's downfall.
Quantum mechanical calculations reveal the hidden states of enzyme active sites November 20th, 2014
Silver Nanoparticles Produced in Iran from Forest Plants Extract November 20th, 2014
Tokyo Institute of Technology research: Protein-engineered cages aid studies of cell functions November 19th, 2014
A novel method for identifying the body’s ‘noisiest’ networks November 19th, 2014