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(EurekAlert)   Could gold nanotubes be used to help treat asbestos-related cancers? Au yeah   ( divider line
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2020-10-28 8:31:13 PM  
Gold-based medicine somehow makes sense for an illness that may be a danger in colonizing the Moon.
2020-10-29 6:00:17 AM  
Surface Plasmon resonance (which is how the gold nanorods are being heated up) is cool as hell. Gold's the easiest to work with for this, simply because it doesn't oxidize to hell and back like silver nanoparticles do, and it's non-cytotoxic.

It was SPR's medical uses that got me into nanotech/nanophysics in the first place, frankly.
2020-10-29 8:12:38 AM  
""The mesothelioma cells 'eat' the nanotubes, leaving them susceptible when we shine light on them. Laser light is able to penetrate deep into tissue without causing damage to surrounding tissue."

"How and why do only cancer cells 'eat' them?"

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