Cancer-fighting Lightsabers? Team | December 3, 2008

Looks like a lightsaber is now more than just “an elegant weapon for a more civilized time.” Professor Kishan Dholakia and Dr. Frank Gunn-Moore from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland have recently developed a “lightsaber-like” tool which can be used to fight cancer cells in the body.

The device — which is only a couple of millimetres square — fires a laser beam so accurately that it can puncture a hole in an individual cell, allowing drugs to enter and do their work much more effectively.

Dr Gunn-Moore says, “You could think of these as tiny lightsabres like they had in Star Wars inside your body. We can use lasers to punch tiny holes exactly where we want them. We can produce a rod of light — sometimes described as a sword — that can even go around objects. It really does sound like science fiction.”

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Star Wars-style “lightsabre” to fight cancer cells developed
(via Entertainment and Showbiz)


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