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
Bacteria as Living Microrobots to Fight Cancer
Simone Schuerle, Tal Danino | Apr 1, 2020
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
Laser-Triggered Nanobubbles Blast a Path into Biofilms
Jonathan Wosen | Apr 1, 2020
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
Image of the Day: 3-D Nanofibers
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Mar 7, 2018
Researchers created a nanofibrous scaffold to see how it supports cell growth.
DNA Robots Target Cancer
DNA Robots Target Cancer
Abby Olena | Feb 12, 2018
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
Nanoscale Defenses
Edward D. Marks and Steven Smith | May 1, 2016
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
Copper Stopper
The Scientist Staff | Apr 30, 2016
This research found that coating hospital surfaces with copper helped battle microbes and the infections they spread.
Engineer of Change
Engineer of Change
Tracy Vence | Feb 1, 2015
A chemical engineer walks into a biology lab . . . and revolutionizes bioengineering. How Robert Langer blazed a trail in drug delivery and regenerative medicine.
A Matter of Size
A Matter of Size
Scott McNeil | Aug 1, 2014
Erroneous characterization of nanomaterials can misinform the study of a new medicine’s safety and efficacy.
Small Packages
Small Packages
Mary Beth Aberlin | Aug 1, 2014
When proverbs come true
A Vaulted Mystery
A Vaulted Mystery
Eufemia S. Putortì and Massimo P. Crippa | Aug 1, 2014
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.
Nanomedicine
Nanomedicine
Weihong Tan, Guizhi Zhu, Lei Mei | Aug 1, 2014
From bioimaging to drug delivery and therapeutics, nanotechnology is poised to change the way doctors practice medicine.
The Promise of Nanomedicine
The Promise of Nanomedicine
Jef Akst | Apr 8, 2014
At AACR, scientists discuss the growing interest in nanotechnology and how it can be used to study, diagnose, and treat cancer.
Fighting Cancer with Nanomedicine
Fighting Cancer with Nanomedicine
Dean Ho | Apr 1, 2014
Nanotechnology-based therapeutics will revolutionize cancer treatment.
Search and Destroy
Search and Destroy
Mary Beth Aberlin | Apr 1, 2014
Turning a patient’s immune cells into cancer-fighting weapons
Contributors
Contributors
Abby Olena | Apr 1, 2014
Meet some of the people featured in the April 2014 issue of The Scientist.
Smarter Contacts, No More Needles
Smarter Contacts, No More Needles
Sarah Byrne | Mar 26, 2014
Nanotechnology could transform the way clinicians treat eye diseases.
Molecular Motors
Molecular Motors
Abby Olena | Feb 12, 2014
Researchers control nanomotors inside living cells.
Inside Information
Inside Information
Abby Olena | Dec 16, 2013
Researchers develop a nanobiopsy technique for sampling the contents of living cells.
News from Cancer Meeting
Cristina Luiggi | Apr 4, 2012
A roundup of recent research announced this week at the annual conference of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).