Scientists develop DNA tentacles to fight cancer

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According to a report published by Discovery News, a group of researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, United States, drew inspiration from jellyfish tentacles to develop a cancer-fighting device.

The new mechanism has a chip covered by long strands of DNA that oscillate through the bloodstream capturing any type of cancer cells present in the body. The chip can also release these cells without damaging them, allowing scientists to study them later.

According to the researchers, during laboratory tests the device was able to capture 60% of diseased cells, demonstrating great potential for use in both new treatments and diagnosis of the dreaded disease.