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21 Jul 2011

New Therapy Could Dramatically Improve Chemotherapy

A new therapy based on nanotechnology could improve chemotherapy for cancer patients without side effects.

A research team has developed a new therapy based on nanotechnology that has no side effects and could improve chemotherapy for cancer patients.


The therapy, developed by scientists at the universities of Granada and Edinburgh, is based on the encapsulation of a catalyst (palladium) into micro-spheres, to synthesize artificial materials or activate drugs within human cells, thus avoiding any toxicity.


The metal palladium is not found naturally in human cells. It allows chemical reactions within cells to take place without altering their basic functions of protein synthesis and metabolism. This technique has enabled the researchers to ‘create’ anti-cancer drugs within cells, which could be used for the specific treatment of tumours and would improve dramatically

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