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Dendrimers set to self-destruct

The versatility of the branched macromolecules known as dendrimers is being exploited in various ways — explosively so, in the context of their application as potential drug-delivery systems.

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Figure 1: Bang on — a simplified depiction of the simultaneous release of biologically active end groups from a dendrimer1,2,3.


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Meijer, E., van Genderen, M. Dendrimers set to self-destruct. Nature 426, 128–129 (2003).

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