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Insect wing structure kills some bacteria; new antibacterial approach envisioned

Wednesday, March 6, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Insect wing structure kills some bacteria; biomimicry could help clean some surfaces 


The nanoscale hexagonal structure of the clanger cicada's wings kills some bacteria on contact by straining and rupturing the bacterial cell. The study hints that infection control could be improved by replicating the wing's structure many surfaces and on germ-laden public facilities such as hand rails. The research, published in Nature and the Biophysical Journal, is reported by Jeff Akst in


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