Summary #688

Bacteria-killing gel heals itself while healing you

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  • New antibacterial gel uses bacteria’s natural enemy - phages (about 300 trillion in 1 millilitre) - and could have numerous medicinal and environmental applications.
  • The creators grew, extracted, and mixed enough phages that they became liquid crystals, and formed into a gelatin-like substance that heals itself when cut.
  • Phages are the most numerous organisms on Earth, they’re everywhere.
  • The key aspect of creating the gel was concentrating enough phages to create a solid material.
  • Phages are a promising alternative to current methods of killing bacteria, especially since they can kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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