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Jan 31, 2008

Promising Anti-Radiation Drug Based on Carbon Nanotubes

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) gave a $540,000 grant to researchers from Rice University to do a fast-tracked 9-month study on a new anti-radiation drug based on carbon nanotubes:

“More than half of those who suffer acute radiation injury die within 30 days, not from the initial radioactive particles themselves but from the devastation they cause in the immune system, the gastrointestinal tract and other parts of the body,” said James Tour, Rice’s Chao Professor of Chemistry, director of Rice’s Carbon Nanotechnology Laboratory (CNL) and principal investigator on the grant. “Ideally, we’d like to develop a drug that can be administered within 12 hours of exposure and prevent deaths from what are currently fatal exposure doses of ionizing radiation.” […]

The new study was commissioned after preliminary tests found the drug was greater than 5,000 times more effective at reducing the effects of acute radiation injury than the most effective drugs currently available. […]

The drug is based on single-walled carbon nanotubes, hollow cylinders of pure carbon that are about as wide as a strand of DNA. To form NTH, Rice scientists coat nanotubes with two common food preservatives — the antioxidant compounds butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) — and derivatives of those compounds.

An interesting side benefit of the drug might be that it could also potentially help cancer patients who are undergoing radiation treatment.

More here: Feds fund study of drug that may prevent radiation injury

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  • Advances in Military Technology | Rick Tech on February 11, 2008 1:30 pm

    […] Technology seems to be the golden-grail of Military Technology. Rice University is working on a carbon nano-tube based drug that is funded by a grant from DARPA. Little information about how it works is […]

  • pligg.com on July 5, 2008 5:23 am

    Promising Anti-Radiation Drug Based on Carbon Nanotubes

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) gave a $540,000 grant to researchers from Rice University to do a fast-tracked 9-month study on a new anti-radiation drug based on carbon nanotubes:

    “More than half of those who suffer acute …

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  • ripper on February 22, 2010 10:53 am

    No updates as that company has quietly disappeared but CBLI has been alover the place with millions in DOD funding for thier anti cancer, radiation protection drug.