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January 26th, 2008

Cancer fight could advance via thin film

Abstract:
Chemotherapy drugs are intended to kill the fast-growing cancer cells that populate tumors, but the poison kills a lot of innocent bystander cells as well.

Nanotech researchers who seek ways to send chemokillers where they're needed while avoiding healthy tissue had some good news last week in the form of a film so thin as to be virtually invisible.

The film, developed and tested by scientists at Northwestern University and the University of California at Los Angeles, is only several molecules thick, and is made from a polymer that combines both water-attracting and water-repelling properties in a way that mimics natural cell walls. It appears to be a promising medium to deliver cancer drugs to tumors.

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