New Plastic Artificial Cell with Working Organelles Could Be Adapted to Deliver Diagnostic Biomarkers Directly into Living Cells

Advances in artificial cell architecture and complex function may make it possible to develop a way for pathologists to deliver biomarkers into living cells to diagnosis diseases and monitor patient response to therapies

For the first time, researchers have used polymers to produce an artificial eukaryotic cell with working organelles. Like a living cell, it successfully performed multiple chemical reactions. The importance for pathologists and clinical laboratory professionals is that the same technology could allow scientists to develop different ways to deliver biomarkers into cells to reveal diagnostic information—and perhaps even track a patient’s progress in therapy.

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