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The external gadget – tested so far in rats but not yet humans – could be adapted one day for stripping Ebola and other viruses from blood, they hoped.Acting rather like a spleen, the invention uses magnetic nanobeads coated with a genetically engineered human blood protein called MBL.The "bio-spleen" was developed to treat sepsis, or blood infection, which affects 18 million people in the world every year, with a 30-50 percent mortality rate.In live rats infected with the notorious bugs Staphylococcus aureus or Escherichia coli, the device removed 90 percent of bacteria from the blood.
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