A SILVER BULLET FOR CANCER TREATMENT?

Nanoparticles may be able to tame an effective but damaging chemotherapy medication.

Anton Naumov, assistant professor of physics, is studying graphene oxide, a substance related to the graphite in pencils, generated in microscopic amounts. Naumov works with tiny pieces of this substance called quantum dots. Cheap, soluble and nontoxic, these nanoparticles might one day perform multiple cancer-related tasks by acting as a drug-delivery vehicle, imaging agent and noninvasive cancer sensor.

“We wanted to use the idea of integration to be able to utilize one platform, one nanomaterial for multiple roles,” Naumov said. He compared quantum dots’ potential to a cellphone’s ability to play videos and use GPS.”

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