March 4th, 2015
Bacteria that resists antibiotics are a huge problem. Antibiotic-resistant infections in hospitals are one of the top five causes of death in the world, and are responsible for 8 million more days in a the hospital for those infected. But common antimicrobials can become ineffective, as the resistant bacteria finds new ways to sidestep these drugs. IBM researchers found a way to use the same technology that “etches” semiconductors to create a gel that 1) draws in resistant bacteria, 2) unzips the bacterial membrane, and 3) kills it without harming healthy cells. Best of all, the gels are biodegradable. Check out this video for more.
Source: IBM, YouTube.
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