Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Selective inactivation of micro-organisms - Zapping Bugs

This could have far reaching consequences.

Specifically ‘Selective inactivation of micro-organisms with near-infrared femtosecond laser pulses’ - That means zapping targeted bugs with lasers to the rest of us.

The process is being proved by a team of 4 (K T Tsen, Shaw-Wei D Tsen, Otto F Sankey and Juliann G Kiang) in the US, based in Arizona.

Just the sort of thing they promised us in the late 50s and early 60s - and it seems that someone may be finally set to deliver on it.

Seriously, if they can bring it off practically, this could have very far reaching consequences indeed. They may be well on the way of developing an effective way of using lasers to selectively kill bacteria and Virus organisms without harming the cells that we are made of. Because of the wavelengths used the lasers will be able to penetrate body tissue.

A way of sterilising an object a room or a whole body, inside and out, that could stop and cure any germ, or viral, infection, including aids, or a flue pandemic.

Lets hope the bugs have no way to adapt to it.

Now - Where is the flying car for every family…

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