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Silver too small to see, but everywhere you look

from The New York Times

Several years ago, a mosquito bite on Elizabeth Loboa's right leg became infected, turning into an oozing sore that refused to heal. Her doctor prescribed a stiff course of antibiotics. But Dr. Loboa decided to try another remedy. An associate professor of biomedical engineering at North Carolina State University, she had been experimenting with a new kind of bandage, a scaffold of microscopic fibers that could be inserted into a wound to encourage tissue growth. The fibers were coated with silver to fend off infection. more


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