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Bioprinting a 3-D liver-like device to detoxify the blood
May 9, 2014
Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a 3-D-printed device inspired by the liver to remove dangerous toxins from the blood. The device, which is designed to be used outside the body--much like dialysis--uses nanoparticles to trap pore-forming toxins that can damage cellular membranes and are a key factor in illnesses that result from animal bites and stings, and bacterial infections. Their findings were published May 8 in the journal Nature Communications.
University of California, San Diego
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