Published Jul 7, 2009
The way in which the mask kills the influena virus is very smart. It works at the level of the receptor binding domain. That is really quite amazing, and very innovative.
I like the idea, but this is not going to be practical for travel on a long flight. If you eat or drink anything, you have to remove the mask.
This patented BioFriend textile layer CAPTURES pathogens by mimicking the sites on human cells to which they normally attach, then quickly DESTROYS them by disrupting their surfaces (viruses) and cell walls (bacteria). Many viruses, including influenza viruses, are known to bind to a terminal sialic acid residue on the surface of the human cell membrane. The binding agent in the BioFriend textile mimics the binding action of sialic acid on influenza viruses.
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