Using Diatom Algae to Deliver Chemotherapy Drugs Directly to Cancer Cells
Posted on November 26, 2015 Comments (2)
I am thankful for scientists doing the time consuming and important research to find new ways to fight disease. Here is an interesting webcast discussing how chemotherapy is used to fight cancer and how scientists are looking to algae to deliver the chemotherapy drugs to better target cancer cells (while not savaging our health cells).
I am also thankful to the funding sources that pay for this research (and for cool explanations of science, like SciShow).
Read more about the genetically engineered algae kills 90% of cancer cells without harming healthy ones. The algae are a diatom and many diatoms look very cool.
Sadly the actual research paper (by government funded university professors) is published by a closed science publisher (when are we finally going to stop this practice that was outdated over a decade ago?). Thankfully those responsible for SciShow are much more interested in promoting science than maintaining outdated business models (in direct contrast to so many science journal publishers).
Related post on cool delivery methods for life saving drugs: Using Bacteria to Carry Nanoparticles Into Cells – Self-Assembling Cubes Could Deliver Medicine (2006) – Nanoparticles With Scorpion Venom Slow Cancer Spread – NASA Biocapsules Deliver Medical Interventions Based Upon What They Detect in the Body