Researchers are developing ways to treat killer diseases like cancer using nanotechnology.
Scientists on the Sonodrugs project, led by medical technology company Philips, are preparing a new method of drug delivery, where drugs can be delivered to the site of a tumour by microscopic nanocarriers. These nanocarriers are then activated locally at the site of the tumour, triggering the release of the drug.
‘The drug only acts at the disease site and not on the rest of the body, so thereby minimising the side effects and increasing the efficacy of the treatment,’ said Dr Charles Sio, a senior scientist on the project.
Horizon’s camera crew travelled to the Sonodrugs laboratory in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, to take a closer look.
Tiny pieces of plastic, now ubiquitous in the marine environment, have long been a cause of concern for their ability to absorb toxic substances and potentially penetrate the food chain. Now scientists are beginning to understand the level of threat posed to life, by gauging the extent of marine accumulation and tracking the movement of these contaminants.
Testing the safety of medicines and chemicals on organ-like structures developed from various types of stem cells could reduce the reliance on animal testing and streamline chemical and drug development, according to scientists in the Netherlands who are in the early stages of developing such technology.
The world’s largest radio telescope, known as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and situated over two continents, will be able to detect the first stars and galaxies emerging from the ‘murk’ at the beginning of the universe and much more besides, according to Professor Phil Diamond, Director General of SKA. He spoke to Horizon at the opening of the Shared Sky art exhibition in Brussels, Belgium on 16 April, where indigenous artists from SKA host nations South Africa and Australia use traditional painting and folk art to explore the themes of astronomy, spirituality and a borderless sky.
Electric ferries and digital communication between ships could help in the quest to decarbonise maritime transport, a sector which is often perceived as being the green option but could still do much to lower its environmental footprint.
Tiny plastic particles could impact human health.
Astronomers could use giant radio telescope from 2025.
The EU’s research chief on his new role.