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Web Date: September 19, 2012

Spinning Carbon Nanotubes Open Pores In Cancer Cells

Molecular Machines: Magnetically driven nanotube bundles make cells more permeable and kill them
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Nano SCENE, Materials SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: carbon nanotubes, cell membrane, tumor, cancer cell, drug delivery

Under a rotating magnetic field, carbon nanotubes form spinning bundles that drill into cell membranes, researchers have discovered (Nano Lett., DOI: 10.1021/nl301928z). The technique could create pores in tumor cells to destroy them or deliver drugs to them, its inventors say.

Dun Liu, a doctoral student in Alfred Cuschieri’s . . .

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