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The ANU’s drug superbowl

By johnboy - 14 September 2010 2

drug superbowl

Intriguing news from the ANU’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology where they’ve engineered special molecules to hold drugs inside our bodies for release at pre-determined times:

“Excitingly, unlike conventional capsules, we can control the rate at which a drug is released from our superbowl container molecule,” said Associate Professor Sherburn. “This has the potential to allow lower drug doses, hence leading to fewer side-effects.”

The group have already successfully put aspirin inside the superbowl and are now working on incorporating drugs to treat other diseases, including cancers, arthritis and heart disease.

“We have shown that drug release can be controlled at the most precise level, which is very encouraging for the future of drug delivery,” said Associate Professor Sherburn.

Let a thousand cyberpunk plots bloom.

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The ANU’s drug superbowl
Isara 1:55 pm 14 Sep 10

Technically not the ANU’s ARC Centre of Excellence… I bet the other universities involved would beg to differ. Particularly seeing as Melbourne Uni is the administrating institution.

I like the ANU, but it doesn’t own the entire world. Even if someone people think it does.

Deref 12:35 pm 14 Sep 10

I long for the day when people who do this kind of thing are paraded as heroes and role models, and idiot sporting buffoons are relegated to footnotes on the back page.

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