BOSTON (Reuters) – Scientists have developed nanoparticles that have been implanted in cell membranes of the lungs or immune system to mislead and infect the corona virus.
These nanometer-sized particles are filled with environmentally friendly plastic that dissolves automatically when the outer shell explodes and does not harm the body.
So far, they have been successfully tested on living human cells in the laboratory, after which they will be tested in animals and then in humans.
Details of the study, published jointly by Boston University and the University of California, San Diego, are published in the latest issue of the American Chemical Society’s research journal Nano-Letters.
When a guided missile moves towards a fighter jet, it is usually in pursuit of the heat emitted from its jet engine. The fighter jets throw a fast and hot flame in the opposite direction to save itself from the missile, which is called “decoy”. Due to the heat of the decoy, the guided missile is attracted to it and explodes after colliding with the decoy. This way the fighter plane survives.
Nanophones have been created using exactly the same principles. Because corona viruses directly attack the lungs and respiratory system, they have been implanted in polymer “nano-tablets” with membranes of lung and immune system cells.
These membranes contain special proteins that are targeted by the corona virus. So it leaves the original cells and clings to the nano-sponge and sticks to its surface to extract its genetic material, which is unable to do anything without reaching the cell.
In this way, the corona virus reaches the mimic target and completes the whole process, but does not damage the real human cells.
When nano-sponge particles were mixed with live human cells in a petri dish to attack them with the corona virus, they easily “misled” the corona virus and easily saved the original cells.
Experts say that if this method is successful in preventing corona virus in later experiments, it can also be tested in preventing other viruses such as Ebola, dengue and Zika. All you have to do is change the cell membrane around the nano-polymer, and everything else will stay the same.