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IIT ROORKEE RESEARCHERS BREAKTHROUGH IN CANCER TREATMENT

Carbon nanomaterials are developed to detect and destroy cancer cells by Researchers at IIT ROORKEE
Dr P Gopinath and his team at the INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, ROORKEE
have developed carbon nanodots which can be used as a form of diagnosis.

The nanosized ( 10-9) m carbon material has been extracted from the leaves of rosy periwinkle team.
Their work has been recently published in the journal ‘ Colloids and surfaces B: Biointerfaces.
The team of the researchers have been supported by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) and Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.
Researchers has synthesized these carbon nanomaterials by heating the leaves of catharanthus roseus generally known as rosy periwinkle in a hydrothermal reaction process.

Dr P Gopinath in a statement has said,
Such events of real time image guided anticancer therapy by a single system open a new paradigm in the field of anticancer therapy. With these nanomaterials we can identify cancer cells and can track them using imaging system simultaneously as the cells themselves are being eradicated in the process.

The identification and treatment of cancer cells have remained as one of the biggest challenge in the field of oncology( study and treatment of tumors). Carbon nanodots refers to carbon nanomaterials which are uniquely characterised as they are biocompatible and can be excreted rapidly from body and also exhibit low toxicity while producing reliable optical signal, the statement said.
With the results the team of researchers are moving forward on planning next stage animal studies for further evaluation of these nanomaterials in oncology.

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