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These Nanoparticles Destroy Cancer Cells

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These Nanoparticles Destroy Cancer Cells

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Tiny particles originally created for cancer study might now be used in cancer treatment.

Researchers at Cornell University in New York observed the particles dubbed Cornell dots or C-dots. These ultrasmall, fluorescent silica particles have a diameter of only five nanometers.

Engineering professor Ulrich Wiesner served as one of the lead researchers for the project.

“If you had to design a nanoparticle for killing cancer, this would be exactly the way you would do it,” he told Medical News Today. “…The particle is well tolerated in normally healthy tissue, but as soon as you have a tumor, and under very specific conditions, these particles become killers.”

The discovery came as a surprise.

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