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New nanotheranostic platform packs a three-in-one punch

A combination of three modes of therapy - photodynamic therapy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy - integrated into a single platform, it is hoped that this treatment would increase treatment efficacy and reduce side effects for cancer patients.

Posted: Aug 21st, 2014

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Nanoparticles in sunblock pose potential hazard to sea life

When sunbathers splash into the ocean to cool off, some of their lotions and creams get rinsed into the water. The problem is that titanium dioxide and zinc oxide nanoparticles, which are common ingredients in sunblock, can react with ultraviolet light from the sun and form new compounds, such as hydrogen peroxide, that could be toxic.

Posted: Aug 20th, 2014

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The nanochannel that relaxes DNA

A simple and effective way of unravelling the often tangled mass of DNA is to 'thread' the strand into a nano-channel. A new study used simulations to measure the characteristics that this channel should have in order to achieve maximum efficiency.

Posted: Aug 20th, 2014

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