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Scientists Claim Development of Graphene-Based Nanomedicine That Could Offer Molecular-Level Cancer Treatment

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Scientists Claim Development of Graphene-Based Nanomedicine That Could Offer Molecular-Level Cancer Treatment

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Graphene’s biocompatibility and biodegradability properties have made it a hopeful method to one day more effectively deliver drugs to the human body, but getting the individual molecules onto a graphene sheet and working together for that purpose has proved challenging. 

Scientists from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) and Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) say they have discovered a type of nanomedicine based on multi-function graphene that could pave the way for targeting cancer at the molecular level, according to GEN.

“The remarkable targeting capacity for cancer cells in combination with the synergistic effect of drug release and photothermal properties prove the great advantage of a combined chemo‐ and phototherapy based on graphene against cancer, opening the doors to future therapeutic applications of this type of material,” the scientists wrote in their findings published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

The team says it hopes their discovery will lead to other biomedical applications using the same material, including improved cancer therapies.

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