Magnets that kill cancer cells

Researchers devise a way to use magnets to make cells self-destruct

By Stephen Ornes, 13:15 PM November 1, 2012




Magnets hold things to our refrigerators, and inside compasses they help us find our way. Now researchers have found a way to use magnets like a remote control to turn on cell-killing, metal beads. The technology may point to new treatments for diseases such as cancer, which kills more than 7 million people every year.


Scientists at Yonsei University in South Korea developed the new technology, which can flip a “death switch” on cells, causing them to self-destruct. The researchers describ...

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