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April 9th, 2009

Promise of nanotechnology for fighting infectious diseases will balance public’s safety concerns

Abstract:
A Newsdesk feature by Kelly Morris titled "Nanotechnology crucial in fighting infectious disease" in the April 2009 issue of Lancet Infectious Diseases surveys some highlights in developing nanotech efforts to prevent, diagnose, and treat infectious diseases. Examples include detecting disease through lab-on-a-chip technology featuring cantilevers that move upon binding antigens and nanowires that detect current from binding immune cells. Prevention efforts will benefit from nanotechnology-based coatings that kill bacteria and viruses upon contact. Nanotechnology-based therapeutic efforts under development include blood purification devices to treat septic shock and improved drug delivery methods.

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