"Nano-Vehicles" to Target Cancer
Scientists say a modified plant virus has the potential to radically improve
the delivery of today's anti-cancer therapeutics and significantly reduce the
harsh side effects of chemotherapy.
The researchers from North Carolina State University have developed what they
call nano-sized cargo vehicles that can be loaded with anti-cancer drugs and
target tumor cells inside the human body.
The delivery system, a virus known as the Red Clover Necrotic Mosiac Virus,
has a built-in "cargo space" of 17 nanometers, which can be loaded
with anti-cancer drugs.
The researchers say the virus is better than human-made nano particles because
doesn't "leak" it's cargo.
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