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March 24, 2010

Nanotech Robots Transport Gene Therapy Through Blood

A tiny nanoparticle robot that can deliver a therapy that turns off important cancer genes through a patient's blood and tumours has been developed by US researchers. Tiny polymer robots that use nanotechnology are covered with a protein called transferrin that seeks out a receptor or mo

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A tiny nanoparticle robot that can deliver a therapy that turns off important cancer genes through a patient’s blood and tumours has been developed by US researchers.

Tiny polymer robots that use nanotechnology are covered with a protein called transferrin that seeks out a receptor or molecular doorway on many different types of tumours, according to the California Institute of Technology team in Pasadena.

Using various types of tumours, the team gave doses of the targeted nanoparticles four times over 21 days in a 30-minute intravenous infusion and found evidence that the therapy had disabled ribonucleotide reductase, according to Reuters.

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