Red Blood Cell Mimics from PRINT Technology

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Title: Red Blood Cell Mimics from PRINT Technology
Description: Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carolina Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNE) are synthesizing particles that mimic red blood cells (RBCs) using a technology called PRINT (Particle Replication In Non-wetting Templates). These red blood cell mimics (RBCMs) have the same size, shape, and softness of true RBCs. The squishy microparticles can easily deform from their original disc-like shapes into irregular shapes when densely packed. The soft and squishy nature of the particles enables them to serve as hemoglobin carriers, creating new possibilities for delivering oxygen and creating blood substitutes. In addition to RBCMs, researchers are using PRINT to create nanoparticles for novel cancer treatments.
Topics/Categories: Science and Technology -- Nanotechnology
Type: Color, Photo (JPEG format)
Source: National Cancer Institute
Creator: Kai Chen and Joseph DeSimone, Ph.D.
Date Created: December 1, 2013
Date Added: July 21, 2016
Reuse Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and can be freely reused. Please credit the source and, where possible, the creator listed above.