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[MIT News] Nano-sized ‘factories’ churn out proteins. Tiny particles could manufacture cancer drugs at tumor sites.

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Drugs made of protein have shown promise in treating cancer, but they are difficult to deliver because the body usually breaks down proteins before they reach their destination.

To get around that obstacle, a team of MIT researchers has developed a new type of nanoparticle that can synthesize proteins on demand. Once these “protein-factory” particles reach their targets, the researchers can turn on protein synthesis by shining ultraviolet light on them.

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post #2 of 13
Interesting, but we need some results.
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post #3 of 13
obviously with this implanted in you, if you go out in the sunlight you'll hulk out and destroy the world.
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Change the title, it sounds like they are making cancer to kill people. (when looking at it from the home page)
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omg nano meds!!! yeah its about time someone made them!
 
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future of medicine.
 
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Unfortunate title cut..Every news about the subject are hopeful, but like everyone has said, we need results.
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post #8 of 13
nice, now i dont need those protein shakes anymore to get muscle
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They need nanomachines that hijack the DNA replication process and check the DNA signature against a known good signature. If it fails (i.e., cancer), then it prevents any further action; otherwise it's daisy-chained and the process is allowed to continue as normal. The nanomachines only activate under certain circumstances and are designed to be short-lived.

There you go thumb.gif. Make it happen.
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Gives a whole new meaning to "getting some sun" tongue.gif
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