Ayaan Esmail: DNA Origami ~ Curing cancer by shaping DNA! @EsmailAyaan

Over the last 40 years, we have invested over 90 billion dollars into finding cures for cancer, and it’s still the leading cause of death worldwide with an estimated 9.6 million people dying in 2018 alone. We’ve been trying to tackle it in a way that clearly isn’t working, pointing out that we need to fundamentally rethink the tools and methods we’re using to approach this problem.

What are we doing right now to solve this? If we think about it, our main source of treatment has been chemotherapy, which only has an overall success rate of about 30% for 5 years among all cancers. The reason is, that every time we give a patient chemotherapy medications, we are basically giving them tiny nuclear explosions.

Read Ayaan’s 2 part article on this topic by clicking on the links below.

Part 1:  https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/dna-origami-using-create-shapes-can-cure-cancer-part-12-ayaan-esmail/

Part2: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/dna-origami-curing-cancer-shaping-part-22-ayaan-esmail/

If you want to learn more about this project, watch this video where Ayaan provides an explanation of the steps he took to make the DNA Icosahedron.



Ayaan Esmail, is a 14 year old nanotechnology and genomics enthusiast, as well as a young pharmacogeneticist. Learn more about him and his work here

Ayaan is scheduled to speak at TEDx DonMills event on February 9, 2019


Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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