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New Coating Could Prevent Infection From Surgical Tools and Implants

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Nattharika Aumsuwan and Marek Urban, part of team who developed antibiotic coating process.

University of Southern Mississippi researchers Nattharika Aumsuwan, left, and Marek Urban are part of a university team in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials that has developed a new process to coat surfaces of medical devices with antibiotics.

Credit: Steve Rouse


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A scanning electron microscope image of the polymer surface prior to its coating with penicillin.

A scanning electron microscope image of the polymer surface prior to its coating with penicillin.

Credit: N. Aumsuwan, S. Heinhorst and M.W. Urban


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Cloudy liquids show bacterial growth; tube with clear liquid contains penicillin-coated surface.

The cloudy liquids in three of these test tubes show that bacteria has started growing. The one tube with clear liquid contains a surface coated with penicillin using a new method developed by researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi that has prevented the growth of bacteria.

Credit: University of Southern Mississippi


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