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Biomaterial delivers both a powerful drug and gene silencers

10:01 EDT 9 Aug 2017 | Science Daily

Clinicians today have a huge arsenal of drugs at their disposal for treating cancers. But many chemotherapeutic agents pose stubborn challenges: they cause serious side effects, some cancers develop resistance, and many chemotherapies demonstrate low bio-availability. A potential solution lies in the synergistic combination of a chemotherapeutic drug with engineered genetic material. New hybrid materials combine a lipid 'container' for transfection and a protein capsule to deliver a chemical one-two punch.

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