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Researchers convert plastics into disease-fighting nanofibers

7:14 AM MST | December 9, 2013 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Researchers from IBM and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (Singapore) have made a nanomedicine breakthrough, converting common plastic materials such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET) into non-toxic and biocompatible materials designed to target and attack specifically fungal infections, IBM announced today. IBM scientists applied an organic catalytic process to facilitate the transformation of PET, or waste plastic from bottles, into entirely new molecules that can be transformed into antifungal agents. These new antifungal agents...

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