The Journal of Nanotechnology reports that silver nanoparticles kill HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS, and will probably kill other viruses as well, including the virus that causes bird flu. But it’s still not known how, if these extremely tiny particles can be put into a form that can be injected into the human body, they will able to target the viruses that need to be destroyed. says that when the silver nanoparticles were introduced into a dish containing the HIV virus, 100% of the virus was killed within three hours. Silver may also be a useful weapon against superbugs?bacteria that develop resistance to most antibiotics. Silver is already used as a topical antibiotic.

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