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  • Scientist found Solution to remove everything from E. coli to Ebola and clean up blood infections



    Scientist found Solution to remove everything from E. coli to Ebola and clean up blood infections

    A team of researchers led by Donald Ingber from Harvard Universityís Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering in Boston claimed to develop a new device can clean up blood infections and remove everything from E. coli to Ebola.

    Inspired by our own spleen, this new device is called Artificial Spleen.

    The device's power lies in a special, magnetic-nanobead filter. To create the filter, the scientists took magnetic nanobeads and coated them with a modified version of a protein called mannose-binding lectin (MBL). This protein is found in humans and it binds to sugar molecules on the surface of more than 90 different bacteria, viruses and fungi - including the toxins that dead bacteria release, which can trigger sepsis.

    The device has now been tested on rats infected with either E. coli or Staphylococcus aureus. Five hours after infection, 89% of the rats whose blood had been filtered through the biospleen were still alive, compared to only 14% of those who were not treated. Impressively, the scientists found that the device had removed more than 90% of the bacteria from the ratsí blood.



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