Scientists Create Molecular Nanodrills That Destroy Cancer Cells

This could end the days of suffering through cancer treatment. 

 

Nanomachine destroying a prostate cancer cell. Notice the cytoplasm bubbling out. Rice University.

Anyone who has gone through cancer treatment or known someone who has, has seen how detrimental the side effects can be. My mother happens to be going through chemotherapy right now for breast cancer. Although it was an aggressive variety, they caught it early. It was surgically removed and she’s going through chemo only to avoid recurrence. Though I’m thankful for that, the chemo still makes her dreadfully nauseous and weak.

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Four-strand DNA May Hold the Secret to a Cancer Cure

Most of us have heard of the double helix. But quadruple helix DNA? 

 

A woman with cancer looking into the mirror.

We remember the double helix from science class, that elegant swirl of genes that make up all life on earth. By contrast, quadruple strand DNA sounds like something out of a sci-fi horror movie. Maybe something to do with a cloned monster that gets out and tears up the town, until a small band of plucky heroes take it down. Though it sounds fantastic, we all contain quadruple strand DNA. And it fact, it has been implicated in a real monster. But a plucky band of scientists who discovered it, may unlock its potential for fighting this serious and real disease that potentially, threatens us all. 

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