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The treatments used to treat cancer patients eliminate the tumors, but they frequently have unfavorable side effects on the patients as well. However, a new study examined how gold nanoparticles can dispense cancer drugs with not only great accuracy but might also significantly reduce the chance of negative side-effects that are typically observed with cancer drug treatments. The work was published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.An illustration of the study’s gold nanoparticle drug delivery technology. (Credit: Stevens Institute of Technology) “Gold is very stable, so it’s the perfect material for drug delivery,” said Dr. Hongjun Wang, who is a professor of biomedical engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology, and a co-author on the study. “With this method, we can distribute medications much more precisely.

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