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3.27.2004

Smart Drug Delivery 

Scientists at the University of Michigan's Center for Biologic Nanotechnology are working to develop drug delivery systems using designer nanoparticles. They hope to reduce the shotgun approach of current drug treatments for cancer which often harms healthy cells while trying to destroy tumors.
"These spheres have all sorts of loose ends where you can attach things---for example, a targeting agent that can recognize a cancer cell and distinguish it from a healthy cell. You can also attach the drug that actually kills the cancer cells. If you have both of these functions on the same molecule, then you have a smart drug that knows which cells to attack."

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