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March 27th, 2006
Rats and mice are still essential to study some diseases, such as cancer. Pigs don't get cancer, said Kattesh V. Katti, co-director of the International Institute for Nano and Molecular Medicine at the University of Missouri at Columbia.
However, pigs are useful in some cancer studies. Katti and his colleagues have a grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop nanotechnology for detecting and treating cancer. Because pigs are human-scale, the researchers can give them doses of gold nanoparticles similar to what a person would receive. The researchers then can use various methods, including a nuclear reactor, to track the movement of the tiny gold particles through the body.
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