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Nano-diamonds are forever

If a doctor wants to trace the journey of drugs or other microscopic molecules in your body they have to open you up or use radioactive materials.

Tracking drugs in our body means doctors know if they’re ending up in the right place and doing the right things.

Using radioactive material for bio-imaging, is toxic to the patient, dangerous to handle and the material doesn’t last very long.

Researchers at the University of Technology Sydney are experimenting with the use of nano-diamonds instead, they provide a non-toxic alternative and diamonds are forever.

The technique is proving successful on animal test subjects.

Carlo Bradac is a Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney.

Image: Supplied, Dr Carlo Bradac and Mr Matt van Breugel

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