With the Ebola virus death toll now top­ping 1000 and even the much pub­li­cized exper­i­mental treat­ment ZMapp failing to save the life of a Spanish mis­sionary priest who was treated with it, it is clear that sci­en­tists need to explore new ways of fighting the deadly dis­ease. For researchers at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston, one pos­si­bility may be using nan­otech­nology.

It has been very hard to develop a vac­cine or treat­ment for Ebola or sim­ilar viruses because they mutate so quickly,” said Thomas Web­ster, the chair of Northeastern’s chem­ical engi­neering depart­ment, in a press release. “In nan­otech­nology we turned our atten­tion to devel­oping nanopar­ti­cles that could be attached chem­i­cally to the viruses and stop them from spreading.”

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