Zapping Virii


A physicist and his biologist son destroyed a common virus using a superfast pulsing laser, without harming healthy cells. The discovery could lead to new treatments for viruses like HIV that have no cure.

“We have demonstrated a technique of using a laser to excite vibrations on the shield of a virus and damage it, so that it’s no longer functional,” said Kong-Thon Tsen, a professor of physics at Arizona State University. “We’re testing it on HIV and hepatitis right now.”

This is such a good idea, I’ll have to steal it for a short story.

2 Responses to “Zapping Virii”

  1. Loud says:

    I’d been meaning to register for a while. I’ve read Right Thinking for a long time and recently started coming by here when you started helping out over there. Well… this is kind of lame that I actually registered for this… but the correct plural of ‘virus’ is ‘viruses.’ I know, I know… it’s a common mistake.

  2. Mike says:

    Actually, it was a joke…