Energy Matching Moves Electron Therapy Forward | January 6, 2014 Issue - Vol. 92 Issue 1 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 92 Issue 1 | p. 9 | News of The Week
Issue Date: January 6, 2014

Energy Matching Moves Electron Therapy Forward

Chemical Physics: Strategy could lead to cancer treatment
Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: intermolecular coulombic decay, ICD, resonance

One possible way to treat cancer is to attack it with low-energy electrons emitted by an energy-transfer process called intermolecular coulombic decay (ICD). The electrons can break DNA strands and thus could be used to kill cancer cells selectively. But using ICD therapeutically is not yet feasible. “There is most often too little control over the amount of energy transferred and the exact atomic or molecular sites where ICD takes place to make the process . . .

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