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Molecular "Nanogenerator" Developed That Can Target Cancer Cells And Destroy Them

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November 16, 2001
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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
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Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) have developed a molecular nanogenerator that releases a cascade of atomic fragments known as alpha particles on the inside of cancer cells. These nanogenerators consist of a single radioactive atom contained inside a molecular cage and attached to an antibody that homes in on cancer cells -- carrying the generator to the interior of those cells and destroying them. The results of this work are published in the November 16 issue of Science.

NEW YORK, November 15, 2001 – Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) have developed a molecular nanogenerator that releases a cascade of atomic fragments known as alpha particles on the inside of cancer cells. These nanogenerators consist of a single radioactive atom contained inside a molecular cage and attached to an antibody that homes in on cancer cells -- carrying the generator to the interior of those cells and destroying them. The results of this work are published in the November 16 issue of Science.


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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. "Molecular "Nanogenerator" Developed That Can Target Cancer Cells And Destroy Them." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 November 2001. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/11/011116065322.htm>.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. (2001, November 16). Molecular "Nanogenerator" Developed That Can Target Cancer Cells And Destroy Them. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 16, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/11/011116065322.htm
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