Fluorescence image of the biodistribution of melittin and MIP nanoparticles in a mouse - violet is the lowest level and red is the highest
Plastic antibodies, such as this cluster of particles, may fight a wide range of human diseases (Image: Kenneth Shea)
From bricks to jackets, it seems just about anything can be made using plastic nowadays. The latest items to get a plastic fantastic makeover are antibodies – proteins produced by the body’s immune system to recognize and fight infections from foreign substances. Scientists are reporting the first evidence that a plastic antibody works in the bloodstream of a living animal, opening up the possibility of plastic antibodies being custom tailored to fight everything from viruses and bacteria to the proteins that cause allergic reactions.
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