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"Nanosponge vaccine" fights MRSA toxins
December 2, 2013
Nanosponges that soak up a dangerous pore-forming toxin produced by MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) could serve as a safe and effective vaccine against the toxin. This "nanosponge vaccine" enabled the immune systems of mice to block the adverse effects of the alpha-haemolysin toxin from MRSA--both within the bloodstream and on the skin.
University of California, San Diego
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