David Kirkpatrick

July 17, 2008

Nanotech fighting cancer

Filed under: Science, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:58 am

This is a pretty exciting breakthrough in fighting cancer through nanotechnology.

Hit the link for a video, and here’s the lede:

Scientists at Georgia Tech have developed a potential new treatment against cancer that attaches magnetic nanoparticles to cancer cells, allowing them to be captured and carried out of the body. The treatment, which has been tested in the laboratory and will now be looked at in survival studies, is detailed online in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

“We’ve been able to use magnetic nanoparticles to capture free-floating cancer cells and then take them out of the body,” said John McDonald, chair of the School of Biology at Georgia Tech and chief research scientist at the Ovarian Cancer Institute. “This technology may be of special importance in the treatment of ovarian cancer where the malignancy is typically spread by free-floating cancer cells released from the primary tumor into the abdominal cavity.”