New polymer innovation 'could offer benefits for probiotic and drug products'

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UK scientists have created a new type of biopolymer that could be used in the creation of more effective probiotics and drugs in future.

A team from the University of Wolverhampton have developed a special material that could be used to create delivery vehicles that protect the beneficial bacteria found in probiotic products through the digestive system.

Currently, development of these products is hampered by the fact that friendly bacteria such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria are killed by stomach acid before reaching the intestines.

However, this new biodegradable polymer can offer a better chance of these bacteria making it through the stomach alive.

It is thought that this material could also be used to aid the administration of unstable drugs, or even to aid calcium absorption in the intestine.

Earlier this year, a team from UCLA published research on a new type of nanoparticle that can help to improve the successful delivery of cancer drugs, by preventing compounds from being removed through the liver and spleen.

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