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IBM Research engineers a ninja polymer that kills deadly bacteria like MRSA

As humanity continues to carpet bomb the microscopic world with antibiotics, the enemy is fighting back. Antibiotic resistance is on the rise, and that can mean painful or life-threatening infections for those unfortunate enough to come into contact with such organisms. One of the most common resistant bacteria is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), but researchers at IBM are working on a potential treatment that relies on polymers instead of drugs.

In the process of developing computer chips a number of years ago, IBM engineers identified polymers that allowed them the carefully control electrostatic charge and improve wafer etching. IBM decided to see if this technology could have applications outside of microprocessor design, and they turned to MRSA.
 
 

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