According to a recent study, tiny flecks of gold could be used in the fight against cancer.
According to the media , a group of researchers have just completed a study which shows the precious metal increased the effectiveness of drugs used to treat lung cancer cells.
Minute fragments, known as gold nanoparticles, were encased in a chemical device by the research team.
While this has not yet been tested on humans, it is hoped such a device could one day be used to reduce side effects of current chemotherapy treatments by precisely targeting diseased cells without damaging healthy tissue.
Gold is a safe chemical element and has the ability to accelerate, or catalyse, chemical reactions.