by Julia Samuel on  April 25, 2016 at 9:27 PM General Health News
Eco-friendly Anti-biofilm for Medical and Industrial Use
An innovative anti-biofilm coating, which has significant anti-adhesive potential for a variety of medical and industrial applications has been developed by the researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).

According to the research published in Advanced Materials Interfaces, anti-adhesive patches that are developed from naturally occurring biomaterials can prevent destructive bacterial biofilm from forming on metal surfaces when they are immersed in water and other damp environments.

"Our solution addresses a pervasive need to design environmentally friendly materials to impede dangerous surface bacteria growth," the BGU researchers from the Avram and Stella Goldstein-Goren Department of Biotechnology Engineering explain. "This holds tremendous potential for averting biofilm formed by surface-anchored bacteria and could have a tremendous impact."

The anti-adhesive could be used on medical implants, devices and surgical equipment where bacteria can contribute to chronic diseases, resist antibiotic treatment and thereby compromise the body's defense system. The prevention of aquatic biofouling on ships and bridges is one of the industrial applications.

Source: Eurekalert

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