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Marta Mattioli Chem 111-524 Okur, Halil Lecture February 8, 2010 Dr. Simanek’s lecture about nanotechnology and its breakthroughs for cancer research was interesting but complicated for a chemistry 101 student to understand. His research started around October of 2000. He explained that nano is very small as small as one billionth of a meter. He talked about the different methods of curing cancer such as, radiation/surgery, drugs/chemotherapy, and how there is still room for improvement to cure cancer. Simanek continued by explaining the origins of the drugs and surprisingly 28% of cancer drugs are naturally occurring and 24% are inspired by nature. He emphasized how we get drugs from nature to cure cancer and went on to discuss the organic chemistry of different drugs used today to fight cancer. I am only in inorganic chemistry and could not understand most of the lecture due its necessity of a background in organic chemistry. Simanek mentioned how drugs work to interfere with metabolism, signaling, or mechanical processes in order to fight cancer and keep
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This note was uploaded on 08/10/2010 for the course CHEM LAB 111 taught by Professor Muhammed during the Spring '10 term at Texas A&M.

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