Shark skin-like surfaces may ward off hospital superbugs

A material that mimics shark skin, covered with tiny ridges and groves, may help reduce the spread of bacteria in hospitals, a new study suggests.

The study examined how well the shark skin-like material which has bumps that are too small for the eye to see could prevent the growth and spread of disease-causing bacteria, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria, which are resistant to the antibiotics typically used to treat staph infections, and are known for causing infections in hospitals.

The researchers set up experiments to mimic how bacteria might contaminate a surface in the "real world" they used a paint sprayer to apply the bacteria to surf