Volume 90 Issue 34 | p. 11 | News of The Week
Issue Date: August 20, 2012

Polymers Hold Bacteria At Bay

Materials Science: Screening method uncovers new class of coatings that resist biofilm formation
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Biological SCENE, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: bacteria resistant, surface chemistry, coatings, microarray, hospital infections

A high-throughput microarray technique has pinpointed a new class of bacteria-resistant polymers (Nat. Biotechnol., DOI: 10.1038/nbt.2316). The research team at MIT and the U.K.’s University of Nottingham that made the discovery hopes the new materials will help prevent bacterial contamination of medical devices.

Although hospitals use biocidal coatings on many medical devices, about 80% of patient infections are caused by aggregates of bacteria, called biofilms, on . . .

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