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Graphene Oxide Could Help Fight Hospital-Acquired Infections

Recent research on graphene oxide may enhance our ability to fight infections acquired from hospitals and other places. Researchers from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome are analyzing graphene oxide in the hope of successfully developing bacteria-killing medical devices and catheters in the near future. Bacteria can be killed by coating all surgical equipment with the carbon-based compounsd. This will result in faster recovery times, reducing the number of post-operative infections, and reducing the requirement for antibiotics.

These are confocal images (20x) of S. aureus bacteria trapped in graphene oxide aggregates formed after incubation in saline soluction. Bacteria are labelled in red and GO in green. Credit: Valentina Palmieri

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