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UT researchers find a fungus that could battle cancer

5:36 PM, Dec 4, 2012   |    comments
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University of Tennessee researchers said they discovered that a fungus has potential cancer-fighting power.

Arthrobotrys oligospora is a fungus that produces nanoparticles. Nanoparticles are tiny particles, which could stimulate the immune system and kill tumors.

UT's research team led by Mingjun Zang, an associate professor of biomedical engineering, said this fungus could open up new materials or ways to treat cancer.

"We can use this finding in the particle directly to cure the cancer," said Zang. "Also, this can provide another opportunity to provide a template for future or next generation synthesis."

The team's findings appeared in December's edition of Advanced Functional Materials. The U.S. Army Research Office's "Biochemistry Program" funded this research.

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