by staff reports In a groundbreaking study, the Journal of Nanotechnology has published a study that found silver nanoparticles kills HIV-1 and is likely to kill virtually any other virus. The study, which was conducted by the University of Texas and Mexico University, is the first medical study to ever explore the benefits of silver nanoparticles, according to Physorg.
During the study, researchers used three different methods of limiting the size of the silver nanoparticles by using capping agents. The capping agents were foamy carbon, poly (PVP), and bovine serum albumin (BSA). The particles ranged in size from 1 to 10 nanometers depending on the method of capping. After incubating the HIV-1 virus at 37 C, the silver particles killed 100% of the virus within 3 hours for all three methods. The scientists believe that the silver particles bonded through glycoprotein knobs on the virus with spacing of about 22 nanometers in length.
While further research is needed, researchers are optimistic that nanological silver may be the silver bullet to kill viruses. The researchers in the study said that they had already begin experiments using silver nanoparticles to kill what is known as the super bug (Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus). Already used as a topical antibiotic in the medical industry, silver may now come under consideration as an alternative to drugs when it comes to fighting previously untreatable viruses such as the Tamiflu resistant avian flu."
I bought into SLW at $4.15 as per a rec from DBTUNR (we're both posters on the GMAI/ESCL board). Am glad I did!!! The above article is good news except that since silver is not patentable, the pharm companies haven't been all that big on it apparently (I don't know much more than that on the topic.) But, it would seem to reason that this is just another reason to be in silver.
I am as bullish on silver as the next guy, but please, this article is mostly fluff or even nonsense.
First of all, this article is over 2 weeks old. Second of all, look at the source the: "FreeMarketNews.com".
With a quote like "Nanotechnology has published a study that found silver nanoparticles kills HIV-1 and is likely to kill virtually any other virus" one might think it would be on the front page of Time Magazine right now.
Finally, the study discusses silver NANO particles, whcih raises the following two issues:
1. Nano technology is unproven and likely years away from being successfully implemented in any groundbreaking manner, if ever.
2. Nano, implies that the quantities of silver used are smaller than microscopic. Even if a breakthrough is confirmed, the likely increase in demand for this usage per year is what? 2 grams?
I too read the article you mentioned and bought in for the same reason as well as the fundamentals for SLW look very good going forward. IF (big IF) silver was to be used for drugs that would be huge for this pure play on silver.
Good CC call I liked the increase of million ounces for 2006.
Bear creek investesment mkaes good sense from what Eduardo spoke of.