Nano-Encapsulated Arsenic Show Promise in Fighting Breast Cancer
Northwestern University testing nano-drug to find out its maximum effectiveness
The type of breast cancer that the research group is targeting affects mostly young women. Northwestern scientists discovered that the drug arsenic trioxide, when encapsulated into a nanobin before injection, can effectively reduced breast tumors in mice. Non-encapsulated arsenic had no effect on the tumors. The arsenic-encased nanobin is able to reach the inside of the tumor cells effectively, whereas non-encapsulated arsenic are excreted too quickly and prove to be ineffective.
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