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.