Polymer Helps Medicine Get to Its Target

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The medicine in pills sometimes doesn’t reach its intended target when the body does not absorb it. But thanks to some polymer research by scientists at two American universities, that all may change. Kevin Edgar, a polymer chemist at Virginia Tech, and Lynne Taylor, a pharmaceutical scientist at Purdue University, have designed an all-natural polymer […]

DNA Research Develops New Polymers

DNA

American scientists have made a breakthrough in building synthetic polymers that could create new or improved biological functions not found in nature, which could produce new biomedical applications. The innovation involves building the synthetic polymers by using DNA as a template. DNA gives scientists the power of natural selection by creating synthetic polymers in much […]

One Polymer System, Many Functions

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Polymer scientists at the University of Akron have discovered a one-size-fits-all polymer system that can be modified to perform various functions, from fighting infection to filtering water. The researchers found a way to attach bioactive molecules to an electrospun polymer without compromising how the former molecules function biologically. Medical device manufacturers and clinicians should be […]

Polymers Useful to Find Inflammation

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A scientist at the University of California, San Diego, has found that certain polymers can help detect low-level inflammation, an indicator of disease. Once the inflammation is targeted, then doctors could send drugs to the specific site so that the patient heals. Inflammation is simply a chemical imbalance within a tissue. The chemical reactions accumulate […]