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Detoxification With Nanoparticles

There are many strategies that one can use to help detox but it appears that science and technology will provide some very elegant solutions in the near future. Researchers sponsored by the Defense Department (DARPA) have developed nanoparticles with receptors designed to identify, and then latch onto, target molecules. The nanoparticles are injected into the bloodstream, where they circulate through the body, picking up their target toxins as they go. Once they have scavanged all that's needed to remove the particles from the body are a magnet housed in a handheld unit and a small, dual-channel shunt inserted into an arm or leg artery.

Wired December 9, 2003

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