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|They are using 3D printing technology which could in theory lead to people having a "personal pharmacy" dispensing medicines at home. |
A variety of molecules have already been made, including some anti-cancer drugs.
The team said its research could make it possible to diagnose an illness before it occurs - and produce a cure.
A new research paper, published in the journal Nature Chemistry, outlines how the process has been shown to work.
Using a commercially-available 3D printer operated by computer-aided design software, Prof Lee Cronin and his team have built what they call "reactionware".
These are tiny vessels in which chemical reactions can take place - but the vessels have the chemicals that drive the reactions already built in.
We could see consumers have access to a personal drug designer they could use at home to create the medication they need”
While this is common in large-scale chemical engineering, the development of reactionware makes it possible for the first time for custom vessels to be fabricated on a laboratory scale, Prof Cronin said
Full article/source - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-17735988