The Sensitive Cloth

 

The textile after the application of an antibiotic.

The textile after the application of an antibiotic.

The textile after the application of an antibiotic.

The textile after the application of an antibiotic.

The textile after the application of an antibiotic.

The textile after the application of an antibiotic.

The textile before treatment

The textile before treatment

The textile after the application of an antibiotic.

The textile after the application of an antibiotic.

The textile after the application of an antibiotic.

The textile after the application of an antibiotic.

The textile before treatment

The textile before treatment

On a day, where the government’s chief medical officer for England has predicted an “Antibiotic Resistance Apocolypse” here is The Sensitive Cloth, a novel textile impregnated with living bioluminescent bacteria. Not only can the textile be used to make a beguiling bioluminescent dress that glows in the dark, but as living bacterial cells emit light and dead ones do not, the material also provides a unique and rapid real-time monitor of antibiotic activity. It could conceivably, be used as an aesthetically interesting and rapid screen for new antibiotics.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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