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Nanodevices Being Researched to Diagnose, Treat Cancer

A lengthy article in the Boston Globe looks at some of the research going on with nanodevices, particularly in how they may be used to diagnose and treat cancer. The federal government has given $145 million in grants in this area. One project is using iron oxide nanoparticles as a diagnostic tool: If the particles are absorbed into the lymph node, that's an indicator as to whether cancer is present.

A lengthy article in the Boston Globe looks at some of the research going on with nanodevices, particularly in how they may be used to diagnose and treat cancer. The federal government has given $145 million in grants in this area. One project is using iron oxide nanoparticles as a diagnostic tool: If the particles are absorbed into the lymph node, that's an indicator as to whether cancer is present. Another is using the same material as a drug delivery device. When nanodelivery of cancer drugs becomes a reality, it will make today's chemotherapy regimens seem barbaric. This kind of research is probably not news to most of you. We have covered it in MD&DI, and much has been written about it in scientific journals. But it is nice to see it getting notice in the mainstream media, beyond the scientific and engineering communities.

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