Sperm Cells to Help in the Treatment of Cancer
Armoured sperm cells will carry cancer-killing chemo drugs to tumours in women’s abdomens.
In Germany, scientists have developed a sensational new weapon in the struggle against cancer in women’s abdomens. They aim to use sperm cells to carry chemo drugs to cancer cells in the womb, cervix, etc.
Scientists from the University of Chemnitz, etc., first soaked the sperm cells in the chemo drugs, which entered into the cells. Subsequently, they used a beam of electrons to cut out microscopic "suits" for the sperm cells, lining the suits with iron and titanium. The sperm cells swam into their customized armour themselves and could subsequently be steered about a culture dish by means of a magnet.
The next step consisted in placing lumps of cancer cells in the culture dish. When the sperm cells were steered into a cancer lump,
the armour fell off, and the tiny cells could enter the lump, where they managed to release their load of drugs, killing cancer cells.