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IIT researchers develop carbon nanomaterials for simultaneous detection, destruction of cancer cells

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Researchers at the (IIT), Roorkee, have developed fluorescent carbon nanodots for simultaneous detection and destruction of cells.

The nanosized (10-9 metre) carbon materials that can serve as therapeutic and diagnostic agents for have been extracted from the leaves of the rosy periwinkle plant.

"Such events of real-time image guided by a single system open a new paradigm in the field of With these nanomaterials, we can identify the cells and track them by an system simultaneously as the cells themselves are being eradicated in a precise surgical strike," said P who is leading the team.

"We are planning next stage animal studies for further evaluation of these nanomaterials in oncological applications, for both diagnostics and treatment," he added.

The research by IIT scholars has been supported by the (SERB) and the (DBT),

"The identification of cancer cells and their inhibition/destruction have been continuing challenges in the field of oncology and cancer drug research for many decades. In the past few years, nanotechnology has emerged as one of the most promising areas in cancer diagnostics and treatment and nanomaterials materials having dimensions in the nanometre (10-9 m) range are being increasingly studied as agents in molecular imaging, molecular diagnosis and targeted therapy," said

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 16:41 IST