ASU researcher developing antibacterial clay


Sandra Leander

Clay is often used as a beauty treatment for skin, but in the future, we may be able to use it to fight skin infections. Shelley Haydel, an associate professor with Arizona State University's School of Life Sciences and researcher with the university's Biodesign Institute, says clay may have the ability to kill several serious and highly contagious pathogens, including E. coli and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Haydel's research was recently featured in the journal PLOS ONE, as well as on Inside Science TV – a news service featuring short-form news vignettes about cutting-edge research. The news stories are shown nationally and internationally.

Inside Science TV executive producer Karin Heineman shares Haydel's research, highlighting how clay can be used to fight skin infections.