Farbod Alijani has been interviewed by BNW Newsradio. You can listen to the full podcast here, or read the summary here: “Researchers have succeeded in eavesdropping on bacteria. That is special in itself, but we may also benefit a lot from it. It all started with research into graphene – by now well known to most people. An extremely strong material, 100 times stronger than steel, but super thin. A single layer of carbon atoms and therefore a hundred thousand times thinner than a hair. Graphene also has all kinds of special properties. (…)

The researchers managed to absorb the vibrations caused by the bacterium with that super-sensitive graphene. This way they could hear the bacteria move. Then they added antibiotics. When the bacteria died, the sound stopped. But if the bacteria were resistant, the sound continued undisturbed. So they could hear whether there was antibiotic resistance.”


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