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Viral and Gold Nanoparticles Show Potential to Seek and Treat Disease

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center recently reported that researchers there have shown that viral and gold particles can "directly assemble,” potentially being able to seek out and treat disease in the body. The researchers used biologically compatible materials to make a "nanoshuttle" which can be harnessed to viral particles that can precisely hone in on disease. The study results describe how assembled gold particles (which will not be rejected by the body) have the ability to be assembled to destroy tissue or emit signals to imaging devices. Potential medical applications for gold nanoparticles include cancer detection and drug delivery.

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