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Cancer bomb zaps tumor cells in mice

Treatment could have the same effect in humans, scientists say

Updated: 7:49 p.m. ET July 27, 2005

LONDON - A smart anti-cancer bomb that acts like a Trojan horse can penetrate deep into tumors where it explodes and destroys cancerous cells without harming healthy ones, scientists said on Wednesday.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who devised the molecular size bomb tested it in mice with skin or lung cancer. Mice given the treatment lived more than three times longer than untreated rodents.

The scientists believe it could have the same effect in humans.

“We’re quite hopeful and optimistic that as we translate this into humans the results pan out as they have in animals,â€

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