Nanosponge Soaks Up Toxins From Bloodstream

Got toxins in your bloodstream? Soak 'em up with science!

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have created a nanosponge that can remove a broad class of dangerous toxins from the bloodstream:

These nanosponges, which thus far have been studied in mice, can neutralize "pore-forming toxins," which destroy cells by poking holes in their cell membranes. Unlike other anti-toxin platforms that need to be custom synthesized for individual toxin type, the nanosponges can absorb different pore-forming toxins regardless of their molecular structures. In a study against alpha-haemolysin toxin from MRSA, pre-innoculation with nanosponges enabled 89 percent of mice to survive lethal doses.


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I need to remember to get back to my 'save for later' posts on feedly...which is still new in my life since Google Reader is being killed. Because if I did I could make my (less than) brilliant comments a bit sooner than 11 days later...
This is a pretty interesting bit of science. I wonder what all it could potentially be used for. And how soon would it need to be administered. Toxic mushrooms? Drugs? Alcohol? Snake bite? Botulism? I'm fascinated and looking forward to hearing more!
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