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GEN: Harnessing the Power of Exosomes

These lipid nanovesicles are garnering attention in diagnostics, for drug delivery, and as research tools.

Exosomes are lipid nanovesicles, on the order of 30–200 nm, secreted from cells and found in all bodily fluids such as plasma, urine, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Although exosomes were discovered over 30 years ago, they were originally thought to be nothing more than a garbage disposal system for cellular debris and proteins.