The venom-pow­ered nano-cure

Guru Magazine - - A Killer Cure -

Re­searchers at the Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity

School of Medicine have been us­ing toxin-coated nanopar­ti­cles that have lit­tle

‘bumpers’ (much like a car’s bumper) spaced evenly around the nanopar­ti­cles, which help them bounce away from nor­mal cells. But HIV, which is much smaller than nor­mal cells, misses the bumpers and there­fore comes into con­tact with the toxin-coated shell of the nanopar­ti­cle. This then de­stroys the pro­tec­tive dou­ble mem­brane HIV uses for pro­tec­tion, caus­ing the virus

to burst.

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