Volume 92 Issue 7 | p. 33 | Concentrates
Issue Date: February 17, 2014

Catalytic Duo Combats Blood Clots

A pair of natural catalysts attached to graphene work in tandem to make nitroxyl, which could prevent blood clots from forming on medical implants
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: catalysts, thrombosis, blood, nitroxyl, medical implant

Blood clots that form on implanted medical devices such as catheters and heart valves can curtail the lifetimes of the devices and possibly lead to health complications. Antithrombotic agents could prevent such clots, but scientists have yet to find a suitable way to provide a long-lasting, steady supply of those agents. As a possible solution, Teng Xue, Xiangfeng Duan, and Yu Huang of UCLA; Mark . . .

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