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Nanoparticles Attack Infections

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The researchers were able to break up bacterial biofilms, making them much easier to treat

The researchers were able to break up bacterial biofilms, making them much easier to treat (Credit: Shutterstock)

Researchers at Australia’s University of New South Wales (UNSW) have come up with a new way of tackling harmful biofilms. The non-toxic method, which combines targeted nanoparticles with heat, could have a wide range of applications.

When bacteria exist as single, independent cells they’re usually easy to treat using antibiotics. However, given enough time, bacteria will often band together to form a biofilm, growing into a matrix that’s much more difficult to treat.

As many as 80 percent of infections are linked to biofilms, and they can also infect equipment such as dialysis catheters, making them a persistent and growing problem in hospitals across the globe.

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