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Randy Atkins: Large amounts of bacteria or fungi teeming through your blood can overwhelm slow-acting antibiotics. Donald Ingber, of Harvard University and Boston’s Children’s Hospital, is engineering a faster treatment.
Donald Ingber: Using the power of magnets to pull something you don’t want in the blood out.
Randy Atkins: You’d be injected with incredibly tiny magnets attached to antibodies that seek out the germs. Ingber says all your blood would then be run through a machine…
Donald Ingber: We’re designing this so that it fits into existing systems that are used in the hospital every day.
Randy Atkins: …slightly re-engineered with a precisely-tuned magnet that plucks out the newly-magnetized microbes and returns the cleansed blood to your body. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103-point-5 F-M and WTOP-dot-com.