Monday, August 7, 2017

Gold could one day soon be used in the treatment of cancer following new discovery of its potential healing properties

Besides being recognized as money for thousands of years, gold has also become a edible delicacy in a growing number of restaurants around the world.  But even going beyond its luster and desirability as a luxury or as money, a new discovery from scientists at Edinburgh University show that gold may also soon function as a vital part of future cancer treatments.

Tiny flecks of gold could be used in the fight against cancer, new research has suggested.
Scientists at Edinburgh University have just completed a study which shows the precious metal increased the effectiveness of drugs used to treat lung cancer cells. 
Minute fragments, known as gold nanoparticles, were encased in a chemical device by the research team. 
While this has not yet been tested on humans, it is hoped such a device could one day be used to reduce side effects of current chemotherapy treatments by precisely targeting diseased cells without damaging healthy tissue. 
Gold is a safe chemical element and has the ability to accelerate, or catalyse, chemical reactions. 
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh discovered properties of the metal that allow these catalytic abilities to be accessed in living things without any side effects. 
Dr Asier Unciti-Broceta, from the University of Edinburgh's CRUK Edinburgh Centre, said: "We have discovered new properties of gold that were previously unknown and our findings suggest that the metal could be used to release drugs inside tumours very safely. - The Independent

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