January 23, 2012

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: California High School Student Devises Possible Cancer Cure. Hurray for smart teens. On the other hand, CBS’s layers of editors and fact-checkers need some copyediting help:

Angela’s idea was to mix cancer medicine in a polymer that would attach to nanoparticles — nanoparticles that would then attach to cancer cells and show up on an MRI. so doctors could see exactly where the tumors are. Then she thought [t]hat if you aimed an infrared light at the tumors to melt the polymer and release the medicine, thus killing the cancer cells while leaving healthy cells completely unharmed.

Well, the point’s fairly clear, but the writing is atrocious.