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New 'sugar-glass' film uses viruses to kill harmful bacteria in food

19:00 EST 7 Nov 2017 | AAAS

(American Chemical Society) With antibiotic resistance on the rise, bacterial contamination of food is becoming more problematic. Now in a study appearing in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, scientists report that they have developed an antibacterial 'sugar-glass' coating in which viruses that destroy bacteria are embedded and are kept stable for up to three months. The coating could someday be used in the food packaging and processing industries to help prevent food-borne illnesses and deaths.

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