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Stanford scientists create nanoparticles that home in on brain tumor

  • Posted: April 16, 2012

Like special-forces troops laser-tagging targets for a bomber pilot, tiny particles that can be imaged three different ways at once have enabled Stanford University School of Medicine scientists to remove brain tumors from mice with unprecedented accuracy. In a study published online April 15 in Nature Medicine, a team showed that the minuscule nanoparticles homed in on and highlighted brain tumors, precisely delineating their boundaries and greatly easing their complete removal. The new technique could someday help improve the prognosis of patients with deadly brain cancers.

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