Winning the fight against cancer may end up being more of a nano-war than a surgical strike. A team led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has just successfully combined an antibody with single-walled nanotubes to create a precision search-and-destroy weapon that targets aggressive forms of breast cancer.

These tiny dual-mode weapons strike at the molecular level, delivering the kill in two ways: The antibody attacks the HER2 protein (an overabundance of which is associated with fast and deadly tumors); and the nanotubes detect and blow up invading tumor cells.

Nanotechnology is the future.

  1. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    I want to be her nano-bot.

  2. Who says:

    #1 – Show her your nano-tube! 🙂

  3. zybch says:

    Great. Nanobreasts 🙁

  4. dcphill says:

    I don’t know, but I’d sure like to try.

  5. Faxon says:

    Yeah yeah. An unfortunate illustration. Kiddie humor.

    I think this is the way cancer will be cured, but it reminds me of some science fiction episode wherein such a thing led to the bots taking over and reforming the person to protect themselves.

    Help me out here. I think it was an “Outer Limits”? The guy ends up alien-like and indestructible. I think the actor was the guy with the big mole on his cheek who played on some prairie homey show years ago. Named John somebody.

  6. sargasso says:

    I know two women that suffered it and both survived the disease and chemo-radiation therapy, to live long and happy lives.

  7. Sister Mary Hand Grenade of Quiet Reflection says:

    My girlfriend just had both breasts removed and they are going to rebuild. They actually implanted cadaver tissue to stretch the area. Of course being the sensitive kind of person I am, I now call her Zombie Titties!

  8. Special Ed says:

    That must be a real old picture, she has no tattoos.

  9. deowll says:

    If nanotechnology is the future, the future is already the present in many ways.

  10. WmDE says:

    This nanotech is wrong!

    Shrink a submarine with a crew of several guys and a girl with big…. uh HAIR, and inject them into the patient with a hypodeemic nerdle.

    That’s the way we did it in 1966.

  11. Joe says:

    I love side boob.

  12. Paper Boats says:

    More bogus science. People lap it up like dogs eating their own vomit. Of course there’s nothing wrong with that scientifically.

  13. Uncle Patso says:

    If they can really control the size of the carbon nanotubes and find really specific antibodies _and_ reliably link the two, this holds great promise for several different cancers.

    I wonder how far infrared lasers at the wavelengths mentioned in the article will penetrate into human tissue? Deep tissue tumors may require at least laparoscopic surgery for the irradiation phase.

    I lost my dear sister to recurrent breast cancer some years ago. I wish these teams much success, for the sake of her two beautiful daughters (and all the other beautiful daughters out there).

  14. I just read about a new targeted cancer drug that has been shown to shrink tumors in women with metastatic breast cancer after an average of seven other drugs, including Herceptin, failed. The new drug, called T-DM1, combines Herceptin with a potent chemotherapy drug. Here’s to keeping our hopes alive that someday this retched disease can be nothing but a memory! One word comes to mind when it comes to breast cancer conquer. Happy Holidays to All!


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