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08.04.2019

Melanin as a new diagnosis and treatment tool for tumors

The dark skin pigment melanin protects us from the sun’s damaging rays by absorbing light energy and converting it to heat. This could make it a very effective tool in tumor diagnosis and treatment, as demonstrated by a team from Helmholtz Zentrum München and Technical University of Munich (TUM). The scientists managed to create melanin-loaded cell membrane derived nanoparticles, which improved tumor imaging in an animal model while also slowing the growth of the tumor. Read more...