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revolutionary new plastic could help to prevent bacteria and superbugs causing disease and illness. Scientists have developed new kind of transparent, plastic wonder-wrap. They say it will drastically cut incidences of microbe transfer in hospitals, restaurants, kitchens, bathrooms and other places where bugs lie in wait. plastic was created by researchers from McMaster University in Canada. They say their material can repel all forms of bacteria, including superbugs like MRSA. material is like conventional transparent wrap used to cover food. It can be shrink-wrapped to protect places that attract bacteria, like worktops, door handles, taps, hospital equipment and food containers.

researchers said inspiration for their new material came from lotus plant. They attempted to replicate method in which leaves of this plant repelled water. Drops of water either sit on surface of the leaves or bounce off. Researcher Leyla Soleymani wanted to apply that process to new plastic. She said: "We're structurally tuning that plastic. This material gives us something that can be applied to all kinds of things." Another researcher, Tohid Didar, said: "We can see this technology being used in all kinds of institutional and domestic settings. As world confronts crisis of anti-microbial resistance, we hope it will become important part of anti-bacterial toolbox."

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