New ‘molecular computers’ find the right cells

Friday, August 21, 2020
(Funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Defense)

Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle have demonstrated a new way to precisely target cells by distinguishing them from neighboring cells that look quite similar. The researchers have designed new nanoscale devices made of synthetic proteins that target a therapeutic agent only to cells with specific, predetermined combinations of cell surface markers.