Volume 95 Issue 35 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: September 4, 2017 | Web Date: August 30, 2017

Molecular motors drill holes in cells

Machines that spin through cell membranes could deliver drugs and kill cancer cells
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: Molecular machines, molecular motor, therapy

When activated by ultraviolet light, a molecular motor can whirl its way into cells, report chemists. Such molecular drills could create openings for therapeutics to slip through or punch enough holes to destroy a cancer cell’s integrity. “We show that a new generation of therapeutics is coming wherein these machines can open cells—either permitting drugs to enter them or causing the cells to rapidly die,” says James M. Tour, a . . .

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