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Practicing Medicine at the Nanoscale


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Breast cancer cells

Human breast cancer cells (purple) are targeted by nanoparticles (green) developed by MIT professor Paula Hammond. The particles bind to receptors overexpressed by cancer cells.

Credit: Paula T. Hammond and Erik C. Dreaden

Modern medicine is largely based on treating patients with "small-molecule" drugs, which include pain relievers like aspirin and antibiotics such as penicillin.

From MIT News Office
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