Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Nanotech Gene Therapy

British scientists for the first time have used nanotechnology to deliver anti-cancer genes to cancer cells, paving the way for future targeted treatments. They packed these genes into nanoparticles that are only absorbed by cancer cells. Once inside, these genes force the cell to produce proteins that ultimately destroy it. While it’s only been tested on mice, this kind of treatment could eventually be used on humans with cancerous tumors too close to vital organs for surgery. Who’d have thought medical science would lead to such a remarkable breakthrough before such ancient methods as homeopathy and herbal supplements? I’m just as surprised as you are! More details here.

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