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Gold nanoparticles, when coated with a cancer antibody, are effective at binding to tumour cells and can be used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. When bound to the gold, the cancer cells scatter light, making it very easy to identify the noncancerous cells from the malignant ones.

Annie Cavanagh

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view Gold nanoparticles, when coated with a cancer antibody, are effective at binding to tumour cells and can be used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. When bound to the gold, the cancer cells scatter light, making it very easy to identify the noncancerous cells from the malignant ones.

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Credit: Gold nanoparticles, when coated with a cancer antibody, are effective at binding to tumour cells and can be used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. When bound to the gold, the cancer cells scatter light, making it very easy to identify the noncancerous cells from the malignant ones. Credit: Annie Cavanagh. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)

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The particles are 10-90nanometres in diameter.

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