York students eye crowdfunding for nanoparticle cancer patch treatment work

York University students in the U.K. are developing a nanoparticle cancer treatment delivered through a patch, and they're turning to crowdfunding to raise money for their research. Wired reports that the project, dubbed Nanject, will explore how their custom nanoparticles interact with different cancer cells. The students tell the magazine that their nanoparticle variety would reduce the cost of commercial magnetic nanoparticles by nearly 50%. Separately, the funding will back development and construction of a prototype patch, which would theoretically deliver a cancer drug through hair follicles and into the blood stream, looking to the average person like a nicotine or hormone patch. Story

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