Newly created polymer may cure tumors

Photo courtesy of Tim Simms.

Medical researchers at the University of California, San Diego are currently investigating the use of a new polymer material on the dissemination of tumors. Old plastic bags degrade and even fall apart after long periods of exposure to sunlight and oxygen. The medical polymer reacts in the same way.

The linear synthetic polymer was developed to break down into non-toxic particles in low-level electromagnetic radiation, a form of radiation using near infrared light. The new research is the first evidence of disseminating tumors using plastic materials and harmless levels of radiation. There are other people in the medical industry that are interested to see if even more advanced polymer-based vectors could be used as another cancer therapy as well as various other forms of medical research using plastics.

To read the research paper, click here.

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