Scientists build 'roach motel' for nasty bugs of the bacterial variety

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 17:21 in Biology & Nature

The vacancy sign is on, but the lowlifes who check in never check out. Scientists at the University of Florida and the University of New Mexico have created tiny microscopic spheres that trap and kill harmful bacteria in a manner the scientists liken to 'roach motels' snaring and killing cockroaches. The research could lead to new coatings that will disinfect common surfaces, combat bioterrorism or sterilise medical devices, reducing the devices' responsibility for an estimated 1.4 million infection-related deaths each year...

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