Treating cancer with gold?

Using gold as a potential treatment for cancer could soon become a reality, thanks to a combination of imaging techniques. Using two imaging techniques can allow scientists to see where gold complexes used in potential chemotherapeutic treatments end up in cells. They are also able to monitor the gold’s effects on the cells in a non destructive way. Previous methods for this type of analysis were destructive to the cell.

In the past few years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the medicinal chemistry of gold compounds, particularly as anticancer agents. A stimulus for this research has been the increasing realisation that the unique properties of metal ions can be exploited in the design of new drugs. Certain gold compounds are selectively toxic to cancer cells but not to normal cells. Read more…


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