Numerous groups are attempting to use iron nanoparticles in medical imaging applications. Researchers are also developing magnetic nanoparticles as miniature thermal scalpels for killing tumors as well as imaging them.
Aiming to help researchers get a better handle on how anticancer agents are triggering cell death, investigator have developed a quantum dot nanodevice that can detect and image apoptosis, also known as programmed cell death.
Researchers have made a discovery about the behavior of tiny structures called nanocantilevers that could be crucial in designing a new class of ultra-small sensors for detecting viruses, bacteria and other pathogens.
Small pieces of nucleic acid, known as siRNAs (short interfering RNAs), can turn off the production of specific proteins, a property that makes them one of the more promising new classes of anticancer drugs in development.