David J. Westenberg, associate professor of biological sciences at Missouri University of Science and Technology, with student in lab. Credit: Missouri S&T
David J. Westenberg, associate professor of biological sciences at Missouri University of Science and Technology, with student in lab.

Researchers use glass to limit spread of drug-resistant bacteria

Bioactive glass may prevent spread of bacteria, meaning fewer antibiotics would be needed to treat disease.

As G20 health experts meet to discuss the need for new antibiotics to combat drug-resistant bacteria, researchers at the Missouri University of Science & Technology (S&T) are looking to an unusual material — glass — to limit the spread of drug-resistant microbes in people.

The glass, in this case, is “bioactive” — meaning it has an effect on living tissue. One type of bioactive glass developed at Missouri S&T is a cotton candy-like fiber used

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