Smart bandage detects infections, auto-releases antibiotic

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THE SMART BANDAGES SHORTENED WOUND-HEALING TIMES IN MOUSE STUDIES.

A colorful new weapon has emerged in the war on antibiotic resistance.

On Wednesday, researchers in China published a study in the journal ACS Central Science detailing their creation of a new kind of smart bandage. At first, when you apply it to a wound, the bandage is green. But if it detects a bacterial infection, the bandage turns yellow — and releases a built-in antibiotic to treat the infection.

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