Issue Date: December 9, 2013
As vaccines against infectious diseases, nanoparticles with coatings that soak up unaltered bacterial protein toxins like a sponge could be more effective than heat-deactivated toxins, according to a report by Liangfang Zhang and coworkers at the University of California, San Diego (Nat. Nanotechnol. 2013, DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2013.254). Some bacterial toxins operate by embedding themselves in cell membranes, creating pores that leak cellular contents. Heating the . . .
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