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Delivering Drugs in Tiny Balloons

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 03:29 PM


Space Station Live: Delivering Drugs in Tiny Balloons

Space Station Live commentator Pat Ryan interviews Dr. Dennis Morrison from NuVue Therapeutics, Inc. Morrison is the principal investigator of MEPS (Microencapsulation Electrostatic Processing System).

This experiment sought to deliver drugs stored in tiny balloons, called microcapsules, directly in to tumors or resistant infections. Research on the ground produced positive results and the technology was awarded patents.

Research using MEPS was conducted aboard the International Space Station during Expedition 5. The microgravity environment provided easier control of the production process of the drugs stored in the microcapsule.

Read more about MEPS:
http://www.nasa.gov/...iments/277.html

Read more about Expedition 5:
http://www.nasa.gov/...ml#.UxcqC4W0O7M

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 03:53 PM

Ii thought something completely different when I read the title. Like sort of clown based drug smuggling operation.

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 04:03 PM

View PostDumpsterJesus, on 05 March 2014 - 03:53 PM, said:

Ii thought something completely different when I read the title. Like sort of clown based drug smuggling operation.
The reference to drug smuggling has to be the most predictable response to a topic title I have seen in a long time. So predictable in fact that I considered making a comment asking people not to be that off-topic. In the end I didn't bother because I doubted any one on this site would be that predictable.

Edited by Waspie_Dwarf, 05 March 2014 - 04:04 PM.

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