Primate Study Successful – Nanomedicine is Safe
Hooray for science! Now I hope they just hurry up and get some human testing going.
I also hope religion doesn’t decide they have some sort of problem with this type of medicine. They seem to not like things that will help people. Most of the time.
With the aim of accessing the effect of quantum dots on humans, the study saw four rhesus monkeys injected with cadmium-selenide quantum dots. The findings showed that the” acute toxicity of these quantum dots in vivo can be minimal” with the monkeys remaining in normal health over 90 days. Two monkeys were also kept under observation for an additional year and showed no signs of illness.
While this is good news for that application of nanotechnology in medicine, the authors make it clear that more research is needed to determine the long-term effects of cadmium-selenide quantum dots in primates.
“This is the first study that uses primates as animal models for in vivo studies with quantum dots,” said paper coauthor Paras Prasad, UB professor of chemistry and medicine, and executive director of UB’s Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics (ILPB). “So far, such toxicity studies have focused only on mice and rats, but humans are very different from mice. More studies using animal models that are closer to humans are necessary.”