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Nanobombs might be the treatment of the future

Paul Edwards

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Nanoparticles are microscopic particles that measure less than 100 nanometres.


A nanometre is one thousand-millionth of a metre ( 0.000000001 m).


Scientists have developed nanoparticles that can target cancer cells.


When cancer cells take up ordinary nanoparticles, they often enclose them in small compartments called endosomes.  This prevents the drug molecules from reaching their target.


Researchers from Ohio State University in America have developed a "nanobomb" which can explode the endosome compartments and release the drug molecules.



Click here to read a news report about the "nanobomb" in Science Daily.



At this stage the nanobomb has been tested in animals only, not humans.









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