posted on Sep, 2 2011 @ 01:25 PM
Silver Nanoparticles and Zombies A New Weapon?
What is it about silver that has long given rise to legends of its effectiveness against the supernatural? The simplest explanation is its
untarnished gleam and reflective properties that many associate with the favor of various deities. In many legends especially those of vampires and
werewolves this holy favor could be used to dispel supernatural creatures normally immune to mundane weapons.
Long before even a basic understanding of the microbial nature of infections and many diseases, silver was used as a protective container and in
powdered or tinctured form was applied to wounds to prevent sepsis. In the early 1900s silver gained regulatory approval for use as an antimicrobial
agent. Until the advent of antibiotics silver compounds were widely used by medical practitioners to treat a variety of diseases, wounds and
infections. More recently wound dressings containing silver have again become important to fight antibiotic resistant microbes and are often used to
treat burn victims.
Nanotechnology allows new methods of exploiting the biological properties of known antimicrobial compounds by manipulation of their sizes. Silver
nanoparticles are being studied for their antimicrobial potential and are proving effective agents against some of the most difficult viruses to treat
such as HIV-1, hepatitis B, respiratory syncytial virus, herpes simplex virus type 1 and monkeypox virus. Silver nanoparticle products are now used as
part of clothing, food containers, wound dressings, ointments and implant coatings; some silver nanoparticle applications have received approval from
My proposal is aerosolized nanoparticles encapsulating silver carbene complexes (SCCs), a novel class of silver-based antimicrobials with
broad-spectrum activity contained in a pressurized portable applicator similar to pepper spray. Possible uses suitable for testing include:
Using this spray in a vehicle or structure contaminated with the Zombie virus could well provide a quick and effective means of
2 Zombie Control
It is possible that direct application of the silver nanoparticles to Zombies would quickly neutralize the virus’s ability
to sustain the Zombie in an active state or even completely destroy the infected cells.
3 Wound Treatment
Quickly treating any infected bites may delay or stop the process of zombification possibly allowing wound recovery.
In current understanding silver is not associated with Zombies however silver’s long and successful applications in both science and mythology
indicate that it is a prime candidate for testing. New and novel approaches to long standing issues should not be overlooked for the sake of
current nano uses of silver source