Wireless chip cures your staph infection then dissolves away

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Steve Dent
November 27th, 2014
Wireless chip cures your staph infection then dissolves away image
Wireless chip cures your staph infection then dissolves away image

As bacteria get more resistant to antibiotics, researchers need to get more creative to clear them out. Researchers from the Tufts University and UIUC have definitely done that with a chip implant that can kill a localized staph infection with heat, then dissolve away. It consists of a silk substrate with a magnesium heating element that's activated by a wireless transmitter, raising the temperature enough to kill surrounding bacteria. The treatment time can be controlled for different applications, and the whole thing is reabsorbed into your body in a couple of weeks.

It worked well clearing staph infections in mice, but the simplicity makes it promising for humans too. The researchers see the chip as a perfect way to check post-surgery infections by implanting it in a patient's body prior to suturing him up. A couple of weeks later, no more infection and no more chip.

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