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Understanding Cancer Series

  • Posted: 01/28/2005

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Nanoshells as Cancer Therapy

Researchers can already link nanoshells to antibodies that recognize cancer cells. Scientists envision letting these nanoshells seek out their cancerous targets, then applying near-infrared light. In laboratory cultures, the heat generated by the light-absorbing nanoshells has successfully killed tumor cells while leaving neighboring cells intact.

Nanoshells as Cancer Therapy