PSU Researcher Tracks Runaway Cancer Cells

Published 08/15 2014 04:54PM

Updated 08/15 2014 04:56PM

UNIVERSITY PARK - A Penn State researcher is working on a way to attrack and kill runaway cancer cells. Chemotherapy drugs can save lives, but there's no guarantee they'll get every malignant cell. So Yong Wang, PSU Associate Professor of Bioengineering Penn State, has created a jello-like materal designed to attract cancer cells like bits of metal to a magnet, and then entrap them.

This is different from what anyone else is doing," he said. "it's a completely new research direction." Wang  presented his most recent results at the Society for Biomaterials Meeting & Exposition early this year. The associate professor said he thinks the technique has the potential to change the way metastatic cancer is treated. 

The next step in the process, Wang said, is to design a  study in mice.

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