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Attempting to curb antibioitc resistance, researchers at RMIT Univeristy, Melbourne, Australia, have developed a technique using liquid metals to shred bacteria, preventing them from thriving without harming normal cells.
Tackling biofilm-related infections has become increasingly challenging as next-generation antimicrobial technologies are few and far between. Researchers from RMIT University, Melbourne developed liquid metal based droplets which act as antimicrobial materials to physically damage, disintegrate, and kill pathogens within a mature biofilm. Their study showed that after 90 minutes of exposure to the liquid metal droplets, 99 percent of the bacterial strains (both Gram-positive and Gram-negative) used in the study were rendered nonviable.
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