Hybrid Nanoparticles to Treat Gliomas with Heat

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Title: Hybrid Nanoparticles to Treat Gliomas with Heat
Description: Researchers at the Texas Center for Cancer Nanomedicine (TCCN) are developing and applying a diverse array of nanoplatforms for new therapeutics, methodologies for reliable monitoring of therapeutic efficacy, early detection approaches from biological fluids, and advances in imaging, and cancer-prevention protocols for ovarian and pancreatic cancers. One project is developing spherical silica nanoparticles coated with gold that produce heat upon exposure to near-infrared light, enabling specific thermal destruction of cancer cells. Here, nanoshells (red) are observed traveling through the blood vessels of a human glioma grown in a mouse.
Topics/Categories: Science and Technology -- Nanotechnology
Type: Color, Photo (JPEG format)
Source: National Cancer Institute
Creator: Jennifer L. West, Ph.D.; Emily Day, Ph.D.; Susan M. Blaney, M.D.; Patrick A. Thompson, M.D.; and Linna Zhang, M.D.
Date Created: September 1, 2013
Date Added: July 21, 2016
Reuse Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and can be freely reused. Please credit the source and, where possible, the creator listed above.