Mich. State and Stanford U researchers developing nanoparticle to eat away portions of plaques causing heart attacks

A nanotech therapy created by scientists at Michigan State University and Stanford University could eat away portions of the plaques that cause heart attacks, the universities announced.
Bryan Smith, associate professor of biomedical engineering at MSU, and collaborating researchers are working on a “Trojan Horse” nanoparticle that can be directed to eat debris, reducing and stabilizing plaque, the announcement states.

The research seeks to advance the treatment of atherosclerosis. The research results have been published in the scientific journal, Nature Nanotechnology.

When clinically tested, Smith said the findings are expected to reduce the risk of most types of heart attacks, with minimal side effects due to the unprecedented selectivity of his nanodrug.

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