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Infographic: Building Bacteria to Fight Cancer
Infographic: Building Bacteria to Fight Cancer
Researchers are engineering microbes to deliver therapeutics specifically to tumors, maximizing the treatments’ efficacy while minimizing side effects.
Infographic: Building Bacteria to Fight Cancer
Infographic: Building Bacteria to Fight Cancer

Researchers are engineering microbes to deliver therapeutics specifically to tumors, maximizing the treatments’ efficacy while minimizing side effects.

Researchers are engineering microbes to deliver therapeutics specifically to tumors, maximizing the treatments’ efficacy while minimizing side effects.

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Bacteria as Living Microrobots to Fight Cancer
Simone Schuerle and Tal Danino | Apr 1, 2020 | 10+ min read
Autonomous, living microrobots that seek and destroy cancer are not as futuristic as one might imagine, thanks to a fusion of robotics and synthetic biology.
Laser-Triggered Nanobubbles Blast a Path into Biofilms
Jonathan Wosen | Apr 1, 2020 | 4 min read
Researchers could one day use the method to deliver antibiotics to topical wounds infected by hard-to-treat masses of bacteria.
Image of the Day: 3-D Nanofibers
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Mar 7, 2018 | 1 min read
Researchers created a nanofibrous scaffold to see how it supports cell growth.
DNA Robots Target Cancer
Abby Olena, PhD | Feb 12, 2018 | 2 min read
Researchers use DNA origami to generate tiny mechanical devices that deliver a drug that cuts off the blood supply to tumors in mice.
Nanoscale Defenses
Edward D. Marks and Steven Smith | May 1, 2016 | 10 min read
Coating hospital surfaces, surgical equipment, patient implants, and water-delivery systems with nanoscale patterns and particles could curb the rise of hospital-acquired infections.
Copper Stopper
The Scientist Staff | Apr 30, 2016 | 1 min read
This research found that coating hospital surfaces with copper helped battle microbes and the infections they spread.
Engineer of Change
Tracy Vence | Feb 1, 2015 | 6 min read
A chemical engineer walks into a biology lab . . . and revolutionizes bioengineering. How Robert Langer blazed a trail in drug delivery and regenerative medicine.
Small Packages
Mary Beth Aberlin | Aug 1, 2014 | 3 min read
When proverbs come true
A Matter of Size
Scott McNeil | Aug 1, 2014 | 3 min read
Erroneous characterization of nanomaterials can misinform the study of a new medicine’s safety and efficacy.
Nanomedicine
Weihong Tan, Guizhi Zhu, and Lei Mei | Aug 1, 2014 | 9 min read
From bioimaging to drug delivery and therapeutics, nanotechnology is poised to change the way doctors practice medicine.
A Vaulted Mystery
Eufemia S. Putort├Č and Massimo P. Crippa | Aug 1, 2014 | 10+ min read
Nearly 30 years after the discovery of tiny barrel-shape structures called vaults, their natural functions remain elusive. Nevertheless, researchers are beginning to put these nanoparticles to work in biomedicine.
The Promise of Nanomedicine
Jef Akst | Apr 8, 2014 | 2 min read
At AACR, scientists discuss the growing interest in nanotechnology and how it can be used to study, diagnose, and treat cancer.
Contributors
Abby Olena, PhD | Apr 1, 2014 | 3 min read
Meet some of the people featured in the April 2014 issue of The Scientist.
Search and Destroy
Mary Beth Aberlin | Apr 1, 2014 | 3 min read
Turning a patient’s immune cells into cancer-fighting weapons
Fighting Cancer with Nanomedicine
Dean Ho | Apr 1, 2014 | 4 min read
Nanotechnology-based therapeutics will revolutionize cancer treatment.
Smarter Contacts, No More Needles
Sarah Byrne | Mar 26, 2014 | 4 min read
Nanotechnology could transform the way clinicians treat eye diseases.
Molecular Motors
Abby Olena, PhD | Feb 12, 2014 | 1 min read
Researchers control nanomotors inside living cells.
Inside Information
Abby Olena, PhD | Dec 16, 2013 | 1 min read
Researchers develop a nanobiopsy technique for sampling the contents of living cells.
News from Cancer Meeting
Cristina Luiggi | Apr 4, 2012 | 5 min read
A roundup of recent research announced this week at the annual conference of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).
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