How “Nano Gold” Could Revolutionize Biotech

19 | By Michael A. Robinson

Thanks for your tremendous response to my first column for Era of Radical Change. I was touched that so many of you wrote in to share your own stories about watching a loved one battle cancer, or having been through it yourself. No doubt it’s a terrible disease.

That’s why today I want to talk about another cancer breakthrough that epitomizes this new era.

It’s found in gold.

As it turns out, gold is a natural-born killer of unhealthy human cells. It has distinct properties that make it ideal for linking medical science with the new field of nanotech.

I believe the yellow metal will play a vital role in the Era of Radical Change, in which human beings routinely live healthy, productive lives well into our hundreds. And gold’s growing use in both biotech and nanotech will greatly expand our chances to score big stock gains, too.

A new kind of gold rush has started. And not only can you make money from it – it could also save the human race from the most deadly diseases.

I predict that by the end of this decade, gold will be used as a lethal weapon in the battle against a wide range of killer tumors.

It has to do with so-called gold nanoparticles.

The odds are good you’ve seen “nano gold” in the past but didn’t even know it. If you’ve ever looked at a photo of stained-glass windows in old medieval European churches, the red and yellow in those scenes came from nanoparticles of gold and silver embedded in the glass.

Fact is, we’ve been putting these tiny specks of gold to use, in one form or another, for centuries. But they’ve only lately become a key tool for fighting disease and making new medical discoveries.

Take the recent breakthrough from a team at Stanford University.

Scientists there used nano gold to find and highlight aggressive forms of brain tumors. They used tiny gold spheres so small it boggles the mind – they measured less than five one-millionths of an inch in diameter. Each piece of nano gold was coated with an agent that allowed the tiny balls to be viewed with three different types of body imaging techniques.

In this test at Stanford, team members found they could see and remove tumors marked by nano gold from the brains of mice with the highest degree of accuracy reported to date.

Here’s why that’s so important.

With current approaches, it is quite difficult for doctors to know if they have removed all of a tumor. That’s why they often do a full mastectomy to be sure breast cancer is fully eradicated. But because every part of the brain is so vital to the rest of the body, surgeons cannot take out extra brain tissue just to make sure they removed the entirety of the cancerous tumor.

“You clearly have to leave as much of the healthy brain intact as you possibly can,” said Dr. Sam Gambhir, who chairs Stanford’s radiology unit. “Now we can learn the tumor’s extent before we go into the operating room.” Gambhir made his remarks along with his findings published in the journal Nature Medicine.

As it turns out, Ghambir is a leader in the field of molecular imaging; he has won a string of awards. And he’s a leader we, as investors, should track for one very important reason beyond this current study: He has served as a key advisor to several biotech firms. That means he has an eye for the money-making aspects of this research…

One of these boards puts Ghambir directly in contact with Big Pharma.

He’s on the scientific advisory board at Enlight Biosciences, which is something of a biotech incubator. It has the backing of such industry giants as Abbot, Merck, and Pfizer. And it covers a wide range of cutting-edge biotech fields, ranging from drug delivery to custom treatments for patients to creating novel drug compounds.

So we’ll be keeping an eye on them.

Meantime, Gambhir’s Stanford study could vastly improve treatment for brain cancer. To be sure, brain tumors affect a limited number of patients. About 14,000 people a year in the U.S. contract brain cancer, of which only about 3,000 get the most aggressive form that the Gambhir team studied.

But today, brain tumors rank No. 2 for cancer-related deaths in people under age 20. So this nano gold breakthrough will certainly give thousands of young people and their parents and friends new reason for hope.

What’s more, the impact will grow over time, because these are some of the toughest surgeries doctors must now perform. And this breakthrough could have an impact far beyond treating brain tumors. You see, the nano gold markers could give doctors a better view of a wide range of diseases, particularly cancers.

For his part, Gambhir sees another way to move this field forward. Because it’s fairly easy to heat up nano gold, the particles might be used to destroy the tumors themselves.

That technology would be nothing short of revolutionary. Just think what it would mean to the entire human race if you could inject nano gold in a patient’s body and watch the metal destroy a tumor or some other form of cancer.

So don’t think of gold as just a great hedge against inflation and mounting U.S. debt.

Because when it comes to fighting disease and saving lives, nano gold just may become the most precious metal of all.


19 Responses to How “Nano Gold” Could Revolutionize Biotech

  1. Paul Blakesley says:

    It is so good that money is being put into something to preseve and save lives instead of the purchase of weaponry to destroy life.
    It is so wonderful to see the progress the human race has made in the last hundred years.

  2. Clive Lindley says:

    Roll on! It gives a new meaning to being gilt-edged. As a sufferer from renal cancer, I hope they can develop this in time!!!

  3. Jere Reid says:

    This is a good article and will definitely help man kind. Nanotechnology has been around for some time but just now is coming into it own. The electron microscope has allowed this to happen.

  4. Joel Tamez says:

    Thanks for the great articleon a cure for one of man’s most dreaded diseases. So much hope for the future let’s keep our fingers crossed it doesn’t all fall apart due to avarice and mendacity between men and nations over finances and metals markets. Keep up your great work!

  5. Ike Spangenberg says:

    What a break through–and us thinking that gold is meant for a hedge on our investments. I have to believe that mankind many thousands of years ago already possessed this knowledge. There is evidence. I hope that we as modern day humans will use this knowledge in a humanitarian way and not just for profit.

  6. Dan Hunt says:

    Dr. Steven Curley at the M D Anderson cancer research center in Houston is researching using radio waves to heat up gold nanoparticles in soft tissue tumors – it’s called the Kanzius treatment in memory of the man you invented the idea, but died of leukemia before he could be cured by this new potential treatment.

  7. sonny harben says:

    I enjoyed the article. A small company in Arkansas ( has 4 great platforms one of which is nanopowders. One increases the life of cutting tools 1000%, one uses nanosilver in Army vests to kill 99.7% of all bads bugs, one increases the life of machinery by 30-60% with additives to lubricants, and the other is Nanopowders ( over 30 elements have been converted so far ),

  8. sonny harben says:

    I loved the article.

    You might want to look at ( They have 4 platforms of great new stuff. They have developed a coating for cutting tools that increases the life by 1000%, they have a nanosilver they impregnate armored vests for the troops that kills all the bad bugs, they have additives to lubricanats that increase the life of machinery from 30-60%, and they have perfected the production of nanopowders of over 30 elements including nanodiamonds.

  9. marion says:

    Love reading this. Could it be why we run gold light thru the body Seems more sustainable than gold stocks, mines & coins. cheerio, M

  10. Tom Saecker says:

    Very interesting article. This certainly discredits Warren Buffett’s primary criticism of gold “being
    something useless, with no function”. Fortunately I am heavily invested in gold, and appreciate
    your article, Thank you.

  11. B JR PAI says:

    wow..!this article is very informative . its good to note that gold apart from its ornamental value, has now value to save lives too. It may not be out of place to mention that gold has been very widely used in traditional indian ayurvedic medicines !!

  12. Bob Jones says:

    World population is growing fast. If we are going to live to 150 it’s going to explode, so this problem also needs to be addressed. Great news though if there is a breakthrough in the treatment of cancer.

  13. David Barnett says:

    This is a great new field to research. I woud like to know if tere is any
    atteton to or interest in treating Alzheimes Disese. This is my batte, and
    I would appreciate any info from anyone that might be helpful.

  14. David Barnett says:

    Please help me find info that would help in the fight with Alzheimers, if
    there is a way, this would be another enormous project

  15. Brian Riordan says:

    Maybe this could come online faster than drugs. It appears safe from allergies and rejection. And the best part is that it seems to me to be much less expensive than the tretments now available. BRING IT ON

  16. Markus says:

    Good to note that Gold in any form is useful
    In many countries its thin Gold wirk is used in eating items.
    Do you have any study report if this direct eating of gold is good for humans.

  17. david campbell says:

    They have been using platinum in Chemotherapy (cisPlatin, carboPlatin) since 1978 and the millions that have been treated with it has, no doubt, made platinum more valuable than gold. This would change of course, once big phama find ways to get in on it

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