Fighting cancer is getting very 22nd century with the introduction of a new technique from researchers at the University of Georgia. The science of it gets a little bit complicated, but suffice it to say it's pretty futuristic. Lasers and nanoparticles are involved.
Coaxing the immune system into fighting cancer has long been an area of interest for cancer research, and this new treatment is no different. In their experiment, the Georgia researchers sent an army of nanoparticles into a petri dish full of breast cancer cells. The nanoparticles then invaded the cells, targeting the mitochondria, where they get their energy and wait. Researchers then blasted the nanoparticles with a laser that can penetrate tissue, activating them and choking the cancer cells of their energy source.