Nanoparticles that never have to enter the body can capture harmful components in blood, scientists in Switzerland have shown.
Removing unwanted molecules from the blood is the most direct way to cure or prevent many illnesses. An example of this approach is dialysis where small molecules like urea are filtered out to treat patients with renal failure. As this separation method is size-selective, larger noxious molecules or cells cannot be efficiently eliminated from the blood in this way.
Interested to know more? Read the full news article by Rowan Frame in Chemistry World here…
Read the article by I K Herrmann et al. in Nanoscale:
Nanomagnet-based removal of lead and digoxin from living rats
Nanoscale, 2013, Accepted Manuscript