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NUS researchers discover new non-invasive treatment for cancer

Published on Sep 17, 2012 10:08 AM
 
A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) researchers at the Faculty of Engineering's Department of Bioengineering have found a new and non-invasive way of treating cancer. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) researchers at the Faculty of Engineering's Department of Bioengineering have found a new and non-invasive way of treating cancer.

Led by Associate Professor Zhang Yong, the team has proven that their technology could inhibit tumour growth and control gene expression in mice, with the use of nanoparticles.

Genes release certain proteins in our body to ensure that the body's internal machinery works well and diseases may result and cause it to malfunction when the process goes awry.

However, by using nanoparticles, the team is able to "effectively activate the genes in the way desired - by controlling the amount of proteins expressed each time, when this should take place, as well as how long it should take place".

 
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