Medicinal Buckyballs

TanMauWu writes "Wired has an article ("Buckyballs Make Fantastic Voyage", by Jill Neimark, 1 August 2001) about using buckminsterfullerenes as tiny drug dispensers. Advantages of buckyballs as cited by the article include size (they're small), reactivity (they're not), and toxicity (also not). There's even a quote from R.A. Freitas, Jr., author of Nanomedicine."

The article focuses on the work of C-Sixty, a Toronto-based company that is applying to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Phase I testing and fast-track status on a novel fullerene drug for HIV that has shown great promise in animal studies, even against drug-resistant forms of the virus.

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