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June 22nd, 2003

A new approach to asthma treatment

The first biotech preventative for asthma has just received FDA approval. Now for it to get across the Atlantic, and to find out if it works on my asthmatic cough...

"Aimed at treating moderate to severe asthma triggered by allergies, Xolair works by disabling a naturally occurring antibody called IgE that triggers the release of chemicals that cause inflammation.

Xolair treats the underlying cause of asthma triggered by allergies, rather than the symptoms that inhaled corticosteroids address, the companies said."

(From this Reuters article found via Google News)

Teeny Tiny Guitars

More micromanufactured goodness, this time a guitar that's only 10 micrometers long...

" The guitar has six strings, each string about 50 nanometers wide, the width of about 100 atoms ... For comparison, the diameter of a human hair is about 200 micrometers, or 200,000 nanometers"

Now, I'd love to see someone play "Stairway to Heaven" on that!