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Ultraviolet light has been used for disinfecting surfaces for decades, but it poses several health risks to humans, including skin cancer. Now, scientists from Nagoya City University, Japan, have developed a new approach to inactivate pathogens using an inexpensive visible-light pulsed laser. Their findings could pave the way to innovative technologies that will help us combat highly infectious diseases like COVID-19 in a safer manner.

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Overall, the results presented in this study will pave the way to new techniques and devices for disinfecting surfaces without putting human health at risk

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This page is a summary of: Mechanism of transient photothermal inactivation of bacteria using a wavelength-tunable nanosecond pulsed laser, Scientific Reports, November 2021, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-01543-5.
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