A biomimetic 'bridge' to precision medicine
(Nanowerk News) Nanotechnology has led to better diagnostic techniques and treatments for a variety of illnesses. Tiny devices that enable scientists to observe cell activity and deliver drugs to individual cells promise to revolutionize precision medicine for treatment of diseases such as cancer.
One obstacle to fulfilling nanomedicine’s promise is the inability to observe cell-to-cell interactions in an environment that closely simulates the dynamic environment inside the body. A micro-fluid environment that mimics blood flow is key to learning how cells become damaged by disease—and how they might respond to treatment.
Now a team of researchers at Lehigh and the University of Pennsylvania has developed a technique that uses antibody-coated nanoparticles as imaging probes to watch cell-to-cell interactions under micro-fluid conditions.
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