Women's Health

Fighting Ovarian Cancer with Arsenic

The nanobins act as a Trojan horse

O’Halloran and his research team are now testing various methods to track nanobins inside the body. They are attaching to the surface certain molecules that cancer cells need in order to survive. These molecules transform each nanobin into a Trojan horse. As the cancer cells bring the newly transformed nanobins to their surface, they “open the door and bring the lipid vessel — the whole kit and caboodle — into the cell,” explained O’Halloran. According to the team’s findings, the nanobins were able to pass through the blood-brain barrier, thereby releasing the arsenic and killing brain tumors that had spread from the breast.