How shark skin can help beat MRSA

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SHARK skin- style coat­ing ap­plied to hospi­tal bed rails and door han­dles could de­stroy su­per­bugs, re­search found.

The creatures’ rip­pled skin stops bac­te­ria stick­ing to them in the sea, pre­vent­ing in­fec­tion. Sci­en­tists at the Univer­sity of Mas­sachusetts Amherst in the US de­signed poly­mer and ceramics coat­ings in­fused with an­timi­cro­bials, based on the tex­ture of shark skin, which they hope will com­bat growing re­sis­tance to an­tibi­otics.

The re­search, pub­lished in Ap­plied Ma­te­ri­als & In­ter­faces, found the spe­cial film killed off 95 per cent of E. coli and 80 per cent of MRSA bac­te­ria.

Lead re­searcher Pro­fes­sor James Watkins said: ‘New coat­ings for high-touch sur­faces, such as bed rails, door knobs, etc, that both limit the at­tach­ment of micro­organ­isms and in­ac­ti­vate the per­sis­tent mi­crobes are in high de­mand.’

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