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'Magic bullets can blast cancer'

British scientists have developed a technique where beams of ultraviolet light trigger antibodies to act as ‘magic bullets' and destroy tumours, report the Daily Mail, The Times and The Independent.

The Source Scientists at Newcastle University conducted a small trial in just six mice, using antibodies ‘cloaked' in an organic oil that breaks down when exposed to ultra violet light.

The technique eliminated ovarian tumours in five of the six mice, and reduced the size of the tumour in the sixth mouse.

The group published their results in two papers in the journal ChemMedChem this month.

Expert View Dr Martin Garnett, associate professor in drug delivery at the School of Pharmacy at Nottingham University, said:

‘This research has been going on at least 20 years, and suffers from a couple of drawbacks. The main one is that only a small proportion of specific monoclonal antibody actually reaches the target cancer, and the remainder can cause damage.

‘I think this is more likely to remain an interesting concept and piece of experimental work reported in the scientific press.'

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