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Microspiders Will Swim In Bloodstream To Deliver Drugs

September 8, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

“Scientists at Penn State would like to release tiny spiders into your blood — no, it’s not the premise for a new horror movie, but rather, it’s a medical breakthrough.

The spider-like machines are less than a micrometer wide (just so you know, a red blood cell is around six to ten micrometers), and are designed to travel through veins delivering drugs and a little TLC to damaged areas — not a totally new concept, per se, but even minor advancements can open up all sorts of new doors for troubled patients.

Made of half gold, half silica, these microspiders are self-propelled by a molecule called the Grubbs catalyst, which scientists can control directionally using chemicals.”

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