Barcoding of Nanoparticles

Barcoding of nanoparticles

Researchers from Technion Institute of Technology in Israel are reporting on a way of tagging cancer drugs so that one can identify which is gathering around and killing a tumour and which is not. The nanoparticles that delivers the drugs have strands of synthetic DNA attached to them, which are the actual ‘barcodes’ used to later spot the effect of the drugs. The drugs themselves are encapsulated within nanoparticles that can safely travel through the bloodstream and stick to tumours. They then release the drugs and let their effects kick in precisely where needed.

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