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Web Date: October 18, 2016

Self-propelling motors could target cargo to the gut

Tiny tubes travel a preset distance in the intestine and then embed themselves in the intestinal wall
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: drug delivery, intestines, gastrointestinal tract, gut, bacteria, self-propelling, micromotors, magnesium

The human intestine is a nearly 8-m-long cache of bacteria, both good and bad. When disease-carrying microbes colonize different sections of the gut, they can cause problems like inflammation and diarrhea. Researchers have now developed tiny, self-propelling, biocompatible robots that could deliver drugs or imaging agents to a targeted section of the intestine (ACS Nano 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.6b04795). When swallowed, the devices . . .

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