Gold Nanotubes shown to Launch 3-pronged Attack on Breast Cancer Cells

Gold Nanotubes shown to Launch 3-pronged Attack on Breast Cancer Cells
shutterstock_255465439A new study entitled “Engineering Gold Nanotubes with Controlled Length and Near-Infrared Absorption for Theranostic Applications” details the successful use of gold nanotubes in both in vitro an in vivo settings as a potential therapeutics to human diseases, such as cancer. The study was published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials. In this new study, a team of researchers at the School of Physics and Astronomy, the Leeds Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Sciences and School of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds developed gold nanotubes (NTs), i.e., gold tubular nanostructures, with a series of new characteristics to enhance their diagnostics and potential therapeutics applications. First, the authors developed a technique to control the length of the tubes and created nanotubes with a well-defined shape. These dimensions then allowed the tubes’ absorption of a specific type of light, in the 'near infrared' region. The develo
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