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Advances in Nano Research
  Volume 1, Number 1, March 2013, pages 35-42

Can animals too negotiate nano transformations?
Anal K. Jha and K. Prasad

Abstract     [Full Text]
    Cockroach (Periplaneta americana) broth has been employed to assess its potential as a candidate source animal tissue for the synthesis of gold nanoparticles. The synthesis is performed akin to room temperature in the laboratory ambience. X-ray and transmission electron microscopy analyses are performed to ascertain the formation of nanoparticles. The synthesis of nanoparticles might have resulted due to the activity of chitin, metallothioneine and tropomyosin. A possible involved mechanism for the biosynthesis of nanoparticles has also been proposed. This work further indicates that the animal wastes too can effectively participate in nano-transformations thereby helping in controlling the environmental pollution and subsequently the different diseases.
Key Words
    nanobiotechnology; biological synthesis; nano gold; nanoparticles; cockroach
Anal K. Jha: Aryabhatta Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Aryabhatta Knowledge University, Patna 800 001, India
K. Prasad: University Department of Physics, T.M. Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur 812 007, India

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