Nano-treatment to torpedo cancer
"Gene therapy is an exciting area of research, but targeting genetic changes to cancer cells has been a major challenge. This is the first time a solution has been proposed, so it's exciting news."
- Dr Andreas Schatzlein
Nanotechnology has been used for the first time to destroy cancer cells with a highly targeted package of "tumour busting" genes.
The technique, which leaves healthy cells unaffected, could potentially offer hope to people with hard-to-treat cancers where surgery is not possible.
Although it has only been tested in mice so far, the researchers hope for human trials in two years.