Nanosponges could fight antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria

Nanosponges that soak up a dangerous toxin could help treat otherwise antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria.

Nanosponges are particles made of a polymer core and wrapped with red blood cell membranes. Each red blood cell membrane seizes and detains the toxin alpha-haemoslyn, blocking the adverse effects of the bacteria within the bloodstream and on the skin.

Toxoid vaccines such as nanosponges target toxins rather than organisms, presenting an alternative to antibiotics.

Read more at University of California, San Diego