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Caltech Scientists Create New Process to 'Program' Cancer Cell Death

September 6, 2010

illustration of small conditional RNAs Researchers at Caltech have engineered a fundamentally new approach to killing cancer cells. The process--developed by Niles Pierce, associate professor of applied and computational mathematics and bioengineering at Caltech, and his colleagues--uses small RNA molecules that can be programmed to attack only specific cancer cells; then, by changing shape, those molecules cause the cancer cells to self-destruct. Full Story

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