New Lasers Help Combat AIDs and Hepatitis
Lasers, once reserved for such mundane tasks as shooting stormtroopers and taking out imperial Tie Fighters, are now being used for more practical (and safer) use in the medical field. New research has revealed a new technique that uses lasers to destroy viruses and bacteria -- including biggies like AIDS and Hepatitis -- without harming the cells of the infected person.
Physicists from Arizona State University are the ones behind the study, which was published in the Institute of Physics' Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter (what, you don't subscribe?). Beyond being a treatment for disease, the technique may also be effective in reducing the spread of infections such as MRSA in hospitals, say the researchers.