posted on Aug, 31 2005 @ 08:08 PM
Looks like the are now have developed a nanotech device to deliver drugs. I wonder if it can migrate past the blood brain barrier? I see this and a
boon for medical treatments
and a useful for
at the same time.
Using nanotechnology, Shanghai Silicate Research Institute, a subsidiary of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has recently created a ball-shaped device
that can deliver drugs directly to targeted areas of the body.
About one three-hundredth (1/300) of the diameter of human hair, the device is small enough to travel through blood vessels and can carry drugs the
same weight as itself.
The device's surface is full of cavities where drugs are stored. Magnetic material within the device helps it to be directed to target areas. When it
arrives at its destination, the protective coating will dissolve and start to release the drug.
Two leading scientific magazines, Journal of the American Chemical Society and Germany's Angewandte Chemie, have published articles about the
[edit on 31-8-2005 by Regenmacher]