Volume 95 Issue 32 | p. 7 | News of The Week
Issue Date: August 7, 2017 | Web Date: August 4, 2017

Self-driving vesicles penetrate blood-brain barrier

Potential drug carriers follow glucose gradients in mice
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Nano SCENE, Biological SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: biotechnology, drug delivery, polymersomes, chemotaxis

Nanoparticles that propel themselves through fluids could someday deliver drugs in the body. Unfortunately, their motion is usually undirected.

Now, an international team of researchers, led by Giuseppe Battaglia, a professor of molecular bionics at University College London, reveals a design that could point the self-driving nanoswimmers in a valuable direction: the brain (Sci. Adv. 2017, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700362).

The self-propelling . . .

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