Nano-Machines Kill All Cancers

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Scientists have created light-driven spinning nanomachines that could kill cancer cells in just 60 seconds.

In laboratory tests, researchers showed how the molecules can be activated by ultraviolet light to spin up to three million times a second and drill through cell membranes.

In one test, it took between one and three minutes to cut through the outer shell of prostate cancer cell and destroy it.

Another application for the tiny ‘nanomachines’ might be to deliver therapeutic medicines, researchers say.

A sequence of images taken over 10 minutes shows a human prostate cell under attack by motorized molecules. The cell, tagged with a green fluorescent protein, is made permeable by the nanomachines, which drill through its lipid bilayer membranes. The right images clearly show blebbing (bubbling) of the membrane as cytoplasm leaks out of the cell
A sequence of images taken over 10 minutes shows a human prostate cell under attack by motorized molecules. The cell, tagged with a green fluorescent protein, is made permeable by the nanomachines, which drill through its lipid bilayer membranes. The right images clearly show blebbing (bubbling) of the membrane as cytoplasm leaks out of the cell

HOW DO THEY WORK?

The molecules can be activated by ultraviolet light to spin up to three million times a second and drill through cell membranes. 

The ‘motor’ is a paddle-like chain of atoms that can be prompted to move in one direction, causing the molecule to rotate at high speed. 

The molecules could be used either to tunnel into cells carrying therapeutic agents, or to act as killer weapons that blast open tumor membranes. 

The ‘motor’ is a paddle-like chain of atoms that can be prompted to move in one direction, causing the molecule to rotate at high speed.

Dr James Tour, a member of the international team from Rice University in Houston, said: ‘These nanomachines are so small that we could park 50,000 of them across the diameter of a human hair, yet they have the targeting and actuating components combined in that diminutive package to make molecular machines a reality for treating disease.’

The scientists, whose work is reported in the journal Nature, created several different light-activated motorised molecules designed to home in on specific cells.

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