Advanced Functional Materials

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20_02b/2010Antibacterial Coatings: Genetically Engineered Phage Fibers and Coatings for Antibacterial Applications (Adv. Funct. Mater. 2/2010)

Genetic manipulation of viruses can be used to fabricate antibacterial fibers and coatings comprising crosslinked M13 bacteriophages, which are modified to bind silver ions. On page 209, Krystyn Van Vliet and co-workers demonstrate the bactericidal effects of such silverized phage fibers against several types of bacterial challenges including those potentially arising from use as wound dressings or antibacterial textiles.

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