Scientists develop 'Smart Bomb' treatment that targets cancer cells
Monday, July 5, 2010
Researchers at Melbourne are collaborating with Indian scientists to develop a new 'Smart Bomb' drug delivery system that is set to have fewer side-effects than and will target cancer cells in the body rather than attacking both cancer and non-cancer cells.,
Project leader Associate Professor Wei Duan said in a statement, “Cancer cells are particularly difficult to kill as they contain so-called cancer stem cells, the root or seed cancer cells that are resistant to drugs”.
The findings include cancer antibodies that are designed to bind specifically to cancer cells, which, together with a gene splicing technique called '', will develop a treatment which penetrates and destroys mutated cells that cause the spread of cancer.
“The success of this project will bring us a step forward in significantly improving the survival rate and quality of life of cancer patients" Dr Duan added.
According to Dr. Duan, this new treatment can potentially be adapted to counteract degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, heart disease and diabetes. If all goes well, clinical trials of the treatment will begin in a few years.
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