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Thai researchers from a top university in Thailand are using empty palm fruit bunches for the targeted delivery of anti-cancer medicines to colon cancer patients. Researchers from Mahidol University’s Faculty of Engineering and the National Science and Technology Development Agency’s National Nanotechnology Centre developed the new method by innovating the synthesis of “fluorescent carbon dots” derived from empty palm fruit bunches. The innovation and development of the fluorescent carbon particles were developed under the concept of nanotechnology, with the nanoparticles being used as material for the delivery of anticancer drugs to targeted cells. The researchers told the Pattaya Mail that […]

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This article raises more questions than it answers. In the past decade, fluorescent C-dots (with the same application) have been cheaply synthesized from watermelon peels, orange peels, cinnamon, red chili, turmeric, black pepper, … even waste paper. Using palm fruit waste is hardly new in light of that, so where's the innovative aspect, i.e. what makes this method or carbon source special? For example, (in light of the conclusion about expensive pharmaceutical products) could it be a way of ducking monopolized patents?

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Fantastic news. How’s that innovative Thai Covid-19 vaccine coming along. Think that was made from concentrated Som Tam or the likes !!! 

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