If plants need light to perform the photosynthesis essential to their survival, how do they protect themselves against too much light? A joint CEA-CNRS research team at the Saclay Institute of Biology and Technology is currently exploring this question, in collaboration with several other teams at universities in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
Researchers have developed a method for stabilizing liposomes within a polymer cage. More importantly, the polymer cage is constructed to fall apart and trigger drug release from the liposome when taken into cells.
The first drug-loaded nanoparticle approved to treat cancer is in line for an upgrade. Researchers at Northeastern University have improved the tumor-killing activity of liposomal doxorubicin, known as Doxil.
Cancer cells treated with carbon nanotubes can be destroyed by noninvasive radio waves that heat up the nanotubes while sparing untreated tissue, a research team led by scientists at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Rice University has shown in preclinical experiments.
Nanotech Northern Europe will take place in Copenhagen on September 23-25 2008. The event will feature many of the leading global figures in nanotechnology, from industry, research and the public sector.
A UCLA cancer study reported in this month's Nature Nanotechnology validates earlier work by MIT engineers, and is emblematic of an explosion in research at the intersections of engineering, the life sciences and medicine, according to MIT Dean of Engineering Subra Suresh.
Engineers from Harvard University have demonstrated a highly versatile, compact and portable Quantum Cascade Laser sensor for the fast detection of a large number of chemicals, ranging from infinitesimal traces of gases to liquids, by broad tuning of the emission wavelength.