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Keywords:

  • cancer;
  • DNA;
  • drug delivery;
  • nanorods;
  • near-infrared light
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Targeted cancer therapy: Inspired by the ability of DNA hybridization, a targeted near-infrared (NIR) light-responsive delivery system has been developed through simple DNA self-assembly (see picture; PEG=polyethylene glycol). This DNA-based platform shows the ability of releasing therapeutics upon near-infrared irradiation, and remarkable targeted thermo- and chemotherapeutic efficacy in vitro and in vivo.