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Device that kills superbugs

26th November 2009

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics have demonstrated a prototype device that can rid hands, feet, or even underarms of bacteria, including the hospital superbug MRSA.

The device works by creating something called a plasma – known as the fourth state of matter after solid, liquid and gas - which produces a cocktail of chemicals in air that kill bacteria but are harmless to skin. Writing in the New Journal of Physics, the authors say plasmas could also help solve gum disease or even body odour.


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