DIAGRAM: Magic bullets

December 28, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CST
Mark W. Lee Jr., MU assistant professor of chemistry, and a team of MU medicinal chemists have created a more potent chemotherapy drug. By adding carboranes – clusters of boron, carbon and hydrogen – to the chemical structure of an existing drug, the chemists found the drug was better able to bind to cancerous cells. According to Lee, this tighter bond creates “a more potent mechanism for destroying the cancer cells.”

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