Delivering Medicine Directly Into a Tumor, Burnham Institute for Medical Research Study  
12/10/2009 7:15:44 AM

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Burnham Institute -- (Santa Barbara, Calif.) — Researchers at Burnham Institute for Medical Research at University of California, Santa Barbara have identified a peptide (a chain of amino acids) that specifically recognizes and penetrates cancerous tumors but not normal tissues. The peptide was also shown to deliver diagnostic particles and medicines into the tumor. This new peptide, called iRGD, could dramatically enhance both cancer detection and treatment. The work is being published December 8 in the journal Cancer Cell.