Implantable Lint Brush Kills Cancer Cells

A device that works similar to a lint brush can capture and kill about 30% of cancer cells that flow past it. Developed by a Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) researcher, the implantable tube-like device is coated with proteins, called selectin molecules, that are able to attract cancer cells. Once implanted in a peripheral blood vessel, the device would act as a filter to destroy cancer cells.

December 16, 2008

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Implantable Lint Brush Kills Cancer Cells

When used with conventional cancer treatment, researcher Michael King says the device could get rid of a significant amount of metastatic cells, which opens the door to treating nearly any type of cancer. Once the researchers reach the human testing phase, King says the device is likely to look like a protein-coated shunt that diverts blood flow. More information about the device has been published by Bioengineering and Biotechnology, a scientific journal.

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