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Buckyballs Become Bucky-Bombs: New Creation Could One Day Be Used for Demolition of Cancer Cells

(Nanotechnology Now) – In 1996, a trio of scientists won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for their discovery of Buckminsterfullerene – soccer-ball-shaped spheres of 60 joined carbon atoms that exhibit special physical properties. Now, 20 years later, scientists have figured out how to turn them into Buckybombs. These nanoscale explosives show potential for use in fighting cancer, with the hope that they could one day target and eliminate cancer at the cellular level – triggering tiny explosions that kill cancer cells without affecting surrounding tissue.

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