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Stone-age solution could help fight MRSA

Posted on Tuesday, 21 May, 2013 | Comment icon 8 comments

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A plant first used over 30,000 years ago could prove vital in the fight against resistant infections.

In an age where ever more sophisticated medicines and materials are being developed to help deal with the threat of super-bugs, researchers at the University of Brighton have taken a different approach - looking back to the past. They've found that fibres from the common flax plant are capable of killing bacteria when treated with special light-sensitive dyes and exposed to red light.

Materials made using this technique could provide valuable resistance against deadly bacterial infections in hospitals and may even help to reduce the likelihood of bacteria becoming resistant. "Using flax with absorbed reactive dye could benefit patient care in hospitals which have ambient red light installed and this could reduce the microbial burden on linen and clothes," said Dr Iain Allan.

"Flax absorbs some light-sensitive dyes with a greater capacity than the most commonly used material, cotton."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Dark_Grey on 21 May, 2013, 14:26
Once again, the answer to a biological problem can be found in nature...
Comment icon #2 Posted by Hilander on 21 May, 2013, 14:37
Yet we keep destroying it.
Comment icon #3 Posted by third_eye on 21 May, 2013, 15:00
nature provides ... but our ancestors still needed to have to know how to gain mother nature's secrets .... the surest sign of spiritual connection with mother nature that I know of ... but now we neglect this spiritual connection for bottles and dispensers on a shelf .... and we wonder what went wrong with so much around us now ...
Comment icon #4 Posted by Mbyte on 21 May, 2013, 15:15
If they could look into cannabis now that would be great
Comment icon #5 Posted by calaf on 21 May, 2013, 23:00
If they could look into cannabis now that would be great Already have
Comment icon #6 Posted by lightly on 22 May, 2013, 0:53
That really is fascinating . Sounds like a life saver too
Comment icon #7 Posted by Junior Chubb on 22 May, 2013, 10:20
If they could look into cannabis now that would be great Sounds great, I will get round to it tomorrow...
Comment icon #8 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 24 May, 2013, 1:48
...... Flax can be used for a lot of miraculous cures ......

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