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1.30.2004

Nanoparticle Cluster Bombs 

Researchers at University of Alberta have created a "nanoparticle cluster bomb" delivery system which has proven effective in treating in vitro cancerous lung cells. The treatment is delivered by a nasal inhaler but when it reaches the lungs the liquid dissolves into thousands of nanoparticles specifically targetted to attack cancerous lung tissue. The article doesn't say what the drug is but focuses on the delivery mechanism. This is yet another example of the rapid integration of nanotech.
Each grain of drug powder contains "a few thousand nanoparticles," Finlay explained. "Once the nanoparticles are active in the lung they have a tremendous advantage over regular drugs, because they are better able to do exactly what we want them to."

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