Fighting cancer and Ebola with nanoparticles
CNN - 03/25/2015
In medicine, finding a substance that attacks cancerous tumors without destroying the healthy tissue around it has long been the Holy Grail. From targeted remedies such as monoclonal antibodies to surgery, cancer has still managed to elude a treatment that discretely and separately attacks it alone.
Nanotechnologies, however – the manipulation of matter at a molecular and even atomic scale to penetrate living cells — are holding out the promise of opening a new front against deadly conditions from cancer to Ebola.
According to Dr Thomas Webster, the chair of chemical engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, research into medical nanotechnology is gaining pace and the medical establishment is starting to sit up and pay attention.