"More serendipitous yet, ... not only are these particles non-toxic, but they also fight cancer." [Sorry, Monsanto; it seems, the seedless approach is a deadend.]
Researchers Ditch Toxic Nanoparticle Chemicals for Delicious Cinnamon
Nanoparticles these days are quietly being slipped into products and processes as diverse as electronics, healthcare products (like sunscreen), and pharmaceuticals to fight cancer. http://www.dailytech.com/Arsenic+Nanoparticle+Fights+Breast+Cancer/article19058....
But for all that promise, there's a dark side.
University of Missouri research team, led by MU Physics and Radiology Professor Kattesh Katti thinks they have a solution -- cinnamon.
Fellow radiology professor Raghuraman Kannan, who participated in the study, comments, "The procedure we have developed is non-toxic. No chemicals are used in the generation of gold nanoparticles, except gold salts. It is a true 'green' process."
Professor Katti adds, "From our work in green nanotechnology, it is clear that cinnamon — and other species such as herbs, leaves and seeds — will serve as a reservoir of phytochemicals and has the capability to convert metals into nanoparticles. Therefore, our approach to 'green' nanotechnology creates a renaissance symbolizing the indispensable role of Mother Nature in all future nanotechnological developments."
Professor Katti elates, "Our gold nanoparticles are not only ecologically and biologically benign, they also are biologically active against cancer cells."Read more at current.com