Tuesday, February 05, 2008

New Way to Kill Viruses: Shake Them to Death
By Michael Schirber, Special to LiveScience
posted: 05 February 2008

Scientists may one day be able to destroy viruses in the same way that opera singers presumably shatter wine glasses. New research mathematically determined the frequencies at which simple viruses could be shaken to death.

"The capsid of a virus is something like the shell of a turtle," said physicist Otto Sankey of Arizona State University. "If the shell can be compromised [by mechanical vibrations], the virus can be inactivated."

Recent experimental evidence has shown that laser pulses tuned to the right frequency can
kill certain viruses. However, locating these so-called resonant frequencies is a bit of trial and error. the rest image

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