How do Doctors Target Cancer Cells?

While the tools that allow scientists to work at the nanoscale have only been around for a few decades, biology has always operated at the nanoscale. Researchers are designing nanomaterials to take advantage of the body’s natural processes in order to more precisely target and treat disease. This is especially true with some types of cancer. Student animator Steven Handy, from Western Carolina University, was able to show how nanotechnology is allowing doctors to protect healthy cells while attacking tumors with chemotherapy.

Professors and students from the School of Art and Design and the School of Music collaborated to compose music, record narration, and build animations.The animation scripts came from nanotechnology experts at and the animations are airing via Science Matters on the Community Idea Stations PBS TV stations in Central Virginia. This project spans science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics and media (STEAM+M)

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