Monday, March 22, 2010

Material Developed To Combat Exposure To Chemical Or Biological Agents

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have developed a material that can neutralize the effects of a chemical or biological weapons attack. Senior investigator Dr. Alan Russell says he wanted to come up with a single solution to potential chemical or biological attacks. The material uses sugar from the body to produce iodine that can kill harmful bacterias and generates chemicals that can help detoxify nerve agents. Dr. Russell says the material can be developed into a sponge like band aid or a liquid spray or coating. He added that since all of the technical research is done a company could soon come in and easily develop a product that can be used by consumers.

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