Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Now THIS is some good nanotech

Researchers at MIT, the University of California, San Diego, and the Burnham Institute have demonstrated a two part nanoparticle system in which the two components are inactive until they encounter enzymes on the surface of cancer cells. The two nanoparticles then self-assemble. They think it could be used to image cancer cells via MRI (the nanoparticles have iron oxide cores) but it strikes me that there is also the possibility of applying magnetic fields which would heat the cancer cells thus injuring or killing them.

Check out the article for details, quite brilliant stuff.



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