I will miss you, Morgan Hill.
Delivering drugs right to the heart of cancerous tumours is a challenging task. They must reach their dangerous target – which may be deep within tissues – without alerting immune cells that police the body for foreign invaders. Scientists are now tackling this predicament by camouflaging drugs in nanoparticles coated with membranes from leukocytes [white blood cells]. Unlike naked nanoparticles, these tiny disguised pouches raise no suspicion. And what’s more they behave like white blood cells, using their borrowed membranes en route to wriggle through barriers, such as blood vessels, as they home in on their target. Such coated particles, known as ‘leukolike vectors’ bring the prospect of more effective treatment for previously inaccessible cancers.
Written by Georgina Askeland
…is a powerful distraction. the pillow calls so alluringly.
when you look too far ahead at all the stuff you have to do this quarter and suddenly freak out with a minor panic attack. adios free time; it’s been real.
scientific breakthroughs of 2012
Seaside Cafe, Mykonos, Greece
from birmingham, alabama
powerful stuff. funny to think that the world is so very divided still even today
Dr. Steve Lowry
Portstewart, United Kingdom
Specimen: Diatoms arranged in a familiar shape
Technique: Transmitted light microscopy