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Scientists develop mini-submarine to blast diseased cells in the body

nanoparticleWe came across a really interesting article on medical devices. You an read the introduction here and read the rest of it at nanowerk.

«Ever since the 1966 Hollywood movie, doctors have imagined a real-life Fantastic Voyage a medical vehicle shrunk small enough to “submarine” in and fix faulty cells in the body. Thanks to new research by Tel Aviv University scientists, that reality may be only three years away

The blueprints for the submarine and a map of its proposed maiden voyage were published earlier this year in Science by Dr. Dan Peer, who now leads the Tel Aviv University team at the Department of Cell Research and Immunology. The team will build and test-run the actual “machine” in human bodies. Dr. Peer originally developed the scenario at Harvard University.

Made from biological materials, the real-life medical submarine’s Fantastic Voyage won’t have enough room for Raquel Welch, but the nano-sized structure will be big enough to deliver the payload: effective drugs to kill cancer cells and eradicate faulty proteins».

The image shows a nanoparticle decorated with targetins agents that guide it to a specific cell type, leaving healthy cells untouched.

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January 16, 2009 - Posted by | Nano News, Nanomedicine

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