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Treat cancer – cage cancer cells in gold and heat them up!

“Researchers have been searching for a highly targeted medical treatment that attacks cancer cells but leaves healthy tissue alone.

The approach taken by scientists at Washington University in St. Louis is to use ‘gold nanocages’ that, when injected, selectively accumulate in tumors. When the tumors are later bathed in laser light, the surrounding tissue is barely warmed, but the nanocages convert light to heat, killing the malignant cells.

The scientists at WUSTL have just received a five-year, $2.1M grant from the National Cancer Institute to continue their work with photothermal therapy.”

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