Gold Nanorods to Fight Cancer, Deliver Drugs and More, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Study  
8/25/2008 8:12:47 AM

AZONano -- The glitter of gold may hold more than just beauty, or so says a team of MIT researchers that is working on ways to use tiny gold rods to fight cancer, deliver drugs and more. But before gold nanorods can live up to their potential, scientists must figure out how to overcome one major difficulty: The surfaces of the tiny particles are coated with an uncooperative molecule (a byproduct of the synthesis process) that prevents researchers from creating nanorods with the features they want.