AW: [ RadSafe ] Drug that may prevent radiation injury

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Tue Jan 29 11:57:38 CST 2008

This could be interesting.  

Of course, it would be nice to know what the fate of carbon nanotubes in the body is.  It could be problematic if they scavenge carbon out of their environment to add onto the end of the tube. 

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From: radsafe-bounces at [mailto:radsafe-bounces at] On Behalf Of Michael McCarty
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Dr. Facius

After reading your comments I reread the article.  I remembered something that I couldn't find in the text.  It was in the e-mail directing me to the website:
Nano-sized "Trojan horses" get government funding Using common food preservatives, Rice Univ. researchers have made a carbon nanotube-based drug that sits in the body, waiting to scavenge free radicals generated by acute radiation exposure. The drug, they say, could be a life saver.

If the drug functions as the lead-in suggests it could be used prophylactically for those at risk of acute exposure to ionizing radiation, i.e. be prepositioned for immediate response.


Michael J. McCarty
Physicist, MDEQ Radiological Laboratory

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Waste and Hazardous Materials Division Radiological Protection Section Environmental Assessment Unit
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>>> <Rainer.Facius at> 01/29/08 10:28 AM >>>
1) DARPA is not known for funding bogus science.

2) The crux indeed is whether the antioxidant, radical scavenging activity will help in a post-exposure scenario, i.e., when most or all of the initial radicals are gone long ago.

Dr. Rainer Facius
German Aerospace Center
Institute of Aerospace Medicine
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For your enlightenment, entertainment, and any discussion that occur: 

Feds fund study of drug that may prevent radiation injury Defense department funds study of nanotube-based drug made at Rice

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