Engineers at the UCSD Jacob’s School of Engineering are developing a toxin and bacteria absorbing nanosponge that promises to clean up our bodies- from the inside. These sponges have a biocompatible polymer core encased in a blood cell membrane which tricks the body into thinking it’s a blood cell. They are so small (3,000 times smaller than a red blood cell) that one blood cell provides enough membranous material to coat thousands of sponges. Once they absorb hazardous materials, they can be processed by the liver where they can do no harm. Welcome to the future of medicine!
- Nanosponges used to soak up toxins in the bloodstream (gizmag.com)
- Nanosponge Mops Up MRSA Toxin In Bloodstream (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Toxin-absorbing ‘nanosponges’ invented at UCSD (utsandiego.com)