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A One-Two Punch

Tayyaba Hasan and her colleagues developed nanocells that "combine light-based therapy with molecules" to stop cancer cells growth by limiting their supply of oxygen, reports MIT's Technology Review. The researchers enclosed the photosensitive drug verteporfin the solid polymer nanoparticles which were then, in turn, closed up in lipid particles that also contained bevacizumab, a drug that prevent blood vessel growth. The team then tested the nanocells in mice with pancreatic tumors. "Injecting these things as separate entities is not as effective as combining them into one construct," Hasan says.

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.