Illustration of a nanosponge particle attaching to human breast cancer cells (Image: Harth Laboratory)
Recent research suggest that a novel material called nanosponge could be up to five times more effective at reducing tumor growth than direct injection. The drug delivery system is likened to filling virus-sized sponges with an anti-cancer drug and attaching chemical linkers that bond to a feature of the surface of tumor cell and then injecting the sponges into the body. When the sponges come into contact with a tumor cell they either attach to the surface or are sucked into the cell where they offload their deadly contents in a predictable and controlled manner.
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