Although hundreds of projects and trials are still ongoing, here are five recent developments in cancer research and treatment from Israel so far this year.
1. Israeli researchers kill a cancerous tumor with synthetic cells
Israeli scientists have successfully treated a cancerous tumor, eradicating its cancer cells using a “nano-factory” – a synthetic cell that produces anti-cancer proteins within the tissue. Synthetic cells, “are artificial systems with capacities similar to, and, at times, superior to those of natural cells,”says the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
“The artificial cells we’ve developed at the Technion may take an important part in the personalized medicine trend – adjustment of treatment to the genetic and medical profile of a specific patient,” Assistant Professor Avi Schroeder at the Wolfson Faculty of Chemical Engineering at the Technion who co-led the research with doctoral student Nitzan Krinsky said.
2. Harnessing light and gold for drug-delivery in treatments including cancer
Israeli scientists have developed technology that enables drug delivery to target diseased tissue only, using light and gold particles, which can be used to make cancer treatments, for example, more effective.
The system harnesses the particles to specifically target the affected tissue, like a tumor, rather than dispersed throughout the body which is often harmful, the university said.