Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Big Hope for Tiny Particles

Author:
Jonietz, Erika

Journal Information:
Technology Review (MIT)
Vol. 0, Num. 0
2009

Link:
http://www.technologyreview.com/

Abstract:
Pancreatic cancer is one of the quickest and deadliest afflictions in existence today, but Jonietz sees hope in nanotechnology for identifying and treating the malady and improving on the near-death sentence it represents. Using nanoparticles, scientists have lately been able to deliver cancer-starving medicines directly to tumors, thereby killing them more effectively and, more importantly, extending the life of the host (so far, only mice). Not only do the nanocells have more luck because they can bond directly with the cancer cells instead of attacking from the outside, but this new treatment also seems to be far less toxic than past remedies. While still in the earliest of stages, this possible application of nanotechnology suggests the public benefit the field promises can, in some instances, come true.