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Saturday, January 09, 2016

Some clays kill bacteria

Scientists discover how blue and green clays kill bacteria

May be new answer to MRSA, other 'superbug' infections
hands holding a pot with natural clay
Researchers unearth a natural clay deposit with antibacterial activity.
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January 8, 2016
Since prehistoric times, humans have used clays for medicinal purposes.
Whether through ingestion, mud baths, or as a way to stop bleeding from wounds, clay has long helped keep humans healthy. Scientists have found that certain clays possess germ-killing abilities, but how these work has remained unclear.
A new discovery by Arizona State University (ASU) scientists shows that two specific metallic elements in the right kinds of clay can kill disease-causing bacteria that infect humans and animals.

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