Cancer treatment to make you as good as gold

Using gold as a potential treatment for cancer could become a reality thanks to a combination of imaging techniques.

Glycomics researchers have described how using two imaging techniques allows scientists to see where gold complexes used in potential chemotherapeutic treatments end up in cells.

They are also able to monitor the gold’s effects on the cells in a non-destructive way. Previous methods for this type of analysis were destructive to the cell.

The combination of methods could also be used to study the subcellular distribution of other types of metal-based drugs, such as platinum anticancer drugs, say the researchers.

Read more at University of Western Australia