Current drug-delivery systems used to administer chemotherapy to cancer patients typically release a constant dose of the drug over time - but a new study challenges this 'slow and steady' approach and offers a novel way to locally deliver the drugs 'on demand'.
The molecular building blocks that make up DNA absorb ultraviolet light so strongly that sunlight should deactivate them - yet it does not. Now scientists have made detailed observations of a 'relaxation response' that protects these molecules, and the genetic information they encode, from UV damage.
The contest supports the atmosphere of discovery and wonder that nanoscience and nanotechnology research represent. The first objective of this competition is for participants to have fun. The second objective is to promote the public interest and acceptance of nanos: people new to the subject really begin to understand it when they see compelling pictures.
66 new partners are being invited to join the consortium following the results of a EUR9 million competitive call. While most partners are universities and research institutes, the share of companies, mainly SMEs, involved is increasing.