May 6, 2022

Episode 322: Using new ways to deliver medicine past the body’s natural defenses

The body’s immune system blocks 90% of the medication we might take from getting where it needs to go.

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Episode 322: Using new ways to deliver medicine past the body’s natural defenses

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Researchers have found the body’s immune system blocks 90% of the medication we might take from getting where it needs to go. University of Arizona biomedical engineering professor Minkyu Kim is working on disguising medicine to mimic red blood cells, which can allow it to sneak through and deliver medicine to its intended target.

Minkyu Kim spoke with Leslie Tolbert, Ph.D professor emerita in Neuroscience at the University of Arizona.

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