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article imageNanosponges could soak up deadly infections from the bloodstream

By Owen Weldon     Apr 16, 2013 in Health
Researchers have created nanosponges that may prove to be effective in dealing with infections that are resistant to antibiotics.
According to The Verge, each nanosponge is around 300,000th of an inch across, and it is wrapped around the membrane of a red blood cell. Scientists injected it into mice and then toxic proteins attached to the sponges. The toxic proteins were then transported to the liver for removal.
According to LA Times, so far nanosponge has not been tested on humans, just mice. The nanosponge seemed to work well in the healthy mice, who were then infected with the toxin from a Staphylococcus aureus strain, which is resistant to a few antibiotics. Almost 90% of the mice survived the doses. However, less than 45% of the mice survived the doses when they were injected nanosponge after getting the infection.
According to NineMSN, researchers also discovered that the sponges could combat venom from snakes and bees, as well as toxin from E.coli.
Professor Liangfang Zhang, the study's leader, who is from the University of California at San Diego, said that this is a brand new method of removing toxin that is in the bloodstream. He went onto say that instead of creating treatments designed for specific types of toxins, they are developing a platforrm that can neutralize toxins that are caused by various pathogens.
Eventually scientists want to develop therapies that are nanosponge based, and that can be used by humans.
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