Share this on :

Fighting staph infection goes techie with a new wireless chip then dissolves when done

cjmagowan  —  4 years ago ( Nov 28, 2014 )    |    Science


Over the years, Staphylococcus infection have become more complex and has become complicated and resistant to antibiotics, scientists are now looking for ways how to combat this localized infections. Now a team of researchers from Tufs University in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana has developed a new techniques which make use of a resorbable silicon chip that can be activated remotely through a wireless signal, the chip can then dissolve on its own once it has done its job.

The chip is made out of silk substrate and magnesium which produces heat and activated by remote control. The heat produced from the chip are directed to the infected tissues which will then kill the bacteria. treatment time can also be control on how long to deliver the RF energy. Depending on application and purpose, the silk substrate can be manufactured to dissolve at different rates and control the treatment time of each procedure.

The implantable device can also carry a load of antibiotics to deliver the treatment directly into the infected site which can also be triggered remotely. Currently, the chip is currently under testing in the lab which gave a promising results. Using mice as test subject, the chip implant was able to kill S. aureus infection on the test subject. this procedure holds a lot of promise for human as we are now experiencing multiple resistance to antibiotics which we are now in need to look  for other alternative procedure to stop bacterial infections on human and this development could be just the answer to that.