Every year, tens of millions of people die of cancer around the world. Despite the unprecedented development of medical technology, there are still many difficulties to completely cure cancer.
Recently, a research team at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology developed a biochemical nanomachine that selectively penetrates the cell membrane of cancer cells, using the machine’s molecular motion to fold and unfold in the cellular environment, thereby killing the cancer cells. The research suggests a new way to penetrate cancer cells directly, killing them without drugs. This could be a new option for overcoming the side effects of existing chemotherapy. The research has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.