Gold is a truly wondrous metal. Along with many traditional uses of gold – making jewellery, storing wealth and in dentistry – many new applications have emerged such as mobile phones and other electronics, aerospace and medicine. These new applications for gold provide a big opportunity for Australian gold mining companies to play a major role in future global supply chains.
One example is the use of gold nanoparticle technology as an emerging form of treatment for cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Australia has the world’s largest known resources of gold, and has a big role to play in the supply of gold for technology, jewellery and medical advancement. One example is the use of gold nanoparticle technology as an emerging form of treatment for cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy and radiotherapy. A number of clinical trials around the globe confirm that the use of nanoparticle technology improved the quality of life for patients and decreased the risk of damaging healthy cells in the treatment process, particularly for prostate and breast cancer patients.
According to Dr Trevor Keel at the World Gold Council gold compounds are also ‘showing promise as a new class of antibiotic in early-phase clinical studies. It is conceivable that gold-containing drugs will form part of our defence against infection by 2048’. As the world demands more complex and reliable materials in the future, the need for gold will only increase. That’s good news for Australia’s world-leading gold producers, the highly skilled, highly paid jobs which they create and the regional communities in which they operate. There’s more to Australian mining.
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