Complexity Digest 2008.22 - 10.01
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Cell 'Organs' Get Plastic Upgrades, New Scientist
Excerpts: Meier says the artificial organelles would also work in other human cells, opening up the possibility of a new cancer therapy that tricks diseased cells into poisoning themselves from the inside out.
An advanced chemotherapy technique involves giving patients a harmless "prodrug" that only becomes toxic in the presence of a particular enzyme. This enzyme bonds to an antibody that seeks out cancer but ignores healthy cells - this means the drug will only become active around cancerous cells.
- Source: Cell 'Organs' Get Plastic Upgrades
[ http://technology.newscientist.com/channel/tech/dn13967-cells-organs-get-plastic-upgrades.html?feedId=online-news_rss20 ], Tamsin Osborne, NewScientist.com, 08/05/23