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April 11th, 2006

Nanotechnology Zaps Prostate Tumor Cells

Super-small organic particles loaded with an anti-cancer drug attach themselves to prostate tumor cells and use the chemotherapy to destroy cancer, researchers report. In experiments with mice, researchers used these custom design "nano-particles" to home in on, and then enter, malignant cells, delivering lethal doses of chemotherapy while leaving healthy cells unaffected. "We were interested in developing a nano drug-delivery system," said lead author Dr. Omid C. Farokhzad, an assistant professor of anesthesia at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.


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