Study: Protection found for new class of cancer drugs

05/19/2006 | BBC

Antisense cancer drugs that block genes producing harmful proteins can themselves break down before they reach their target, but researchers found introducing small particles of gold into the drugs affords them protection. The scientists attached multiple strands of antisense DNA to gold nanoparticles to deliver the drug, and found the method was more readily absorbed by the cell and less toxic than other methods using commercial agents.

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