CERN bets on particle accelerators to zap hard-to-reach tumours and treat the worst forms of cancer |


As the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) usually focuses on expanding our understanding of the universe.

But lately, some researchers at the institution have been trying to take on one of the biggest killers here on Earth, by applying their particle physics knowledge to cancer treatment.

They are developing a particle accelerator, in collaboration with the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), to push the boundaries of radiation therapy and zero in on hard-to-reach tumours.

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