Bactericidal Fabric Made From Silk

An antibacterial fabric has been created by US Air Force Research Laboratory from ordinary silk.


(Bactericidal Fabric Made From Silk)

Previous research showed that other fabrics dipped into chemical solutions could damage biomolecules. Silk was chosen because it is widely available around the world, has excellent mechanical properties and offers good biocompatibility. A chemical solution similar to household bleach was used to coat the silk. After letting it dry, the silk could kill E.coli and spores of bacteria similar to Bacillus anthracis (anthrax). Some possible applications are using prepared silk as a filter material for treating contaminated water or for cleaning air from pathogenic spores.

Fans of sf great Isaac Asimov may recall unstainable plasto-textile from his 1951 novel Foundation:

A man in glaring blue and yellow uniform, shining and new in unstainable plasto-textile, reached for his two bags.

"Direct to the Luxor," he said.

Via MedGadget.

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