When is a virus not a virus? When it is a new way of killing the virus in the first place. That is what the Killer InfraRed laser does, and a recent US Air Force memo explains how simple it is.
Until now, everyone thought there was a clinical trial to prove the effectiveness of a nanoparticle for the purpose of killing viruses, but the term has always been a bit hazy. Now, however, it’s clear that they are killing viruses in a completely new way and that a future where viruses are totally slain by unique particles is certainly closer than we thought. The Killer InfraRed laser, which was introduced by Rady Pharmaceuticals and is still considered a very promising research subject, shoots to kill virus by cooling the small object down enough to create a a reaction that kills it—a first-of-its-kind, efficient method of killing viruses that could aid in mitigating severe viral infections and medical treatments. We recently spoke with scientist Todd Carlsen, who led the team who discovered this method.
“So what it does, what we developed, is it actually delivers a single molecule, a quantum attenuation particle, down the channel. The nano particle selectively affects the membrane membrane of a virus, and that membrane membrane, once it gets cooled, releases virus-destroying drugs right in to the channel,” said Carlsen. That’s because the particle’s reaction acts much like the inflammation seen in the body, in terms of killing the cell.
Similar to using a mosquito repellent, the particles are created in a special lab and cooled to extremely low temperatures for a very short time (30 microseconds), allowing them to work. The Killer InfraRed laser was first developed by Rady Pharmaceuticals back in 2014 and it now has a military contract to extend and develop the technology to make it available for the general public. By adding this molecule to mosquitos, solar panels, or vaccines in this way, it can be programmed to deliver its magic to whoever needs it. The next step, of course, is to create enough nanotechnology for humans to use it—one of Rady’s big aims.
When will we see this in our communities and businesses? When? Unfortunately, though, the answer is still uncertain. Even with a contract, there is still a long process required, so unfortunately we still don’t know when we’ll see killer-infraRed-lasers on our bodies or our cars.
What we do know, however, is that a future where the vast majority of viruses and sometimes even some cancers are eliminated is definitely on its way.