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Synergena Spore-Killing Process Successful in Studies

Photonics.com
Dec 2001
LAKE WALES, Fla., Dec. 10 -- Researchers used biophotonics to kill anthrax-like spores in under 10 seconds, according to Synergena Inc., inventor of the synergistic inactivation and disinfection (SIAD) process recently tested at the Michael A. Meenaghan Science Center, State University of New York at Buffalo. The results are a "significant achievement with the use of biophotonics to destroy pathogenic microorganisms," according to Synergena.

Using Bacillus subtilis spores as surrogates for the pathogen Bacillus anthracis (anthrax), Synergena's SIAD process killed the airborne and powder spores in under 10 seconds. It was able to penetrate biological containment filters, destroy all Bacillus subtilis spores and preserve the integrity of the filters, and it penetrated a sealed envelope, killing all the surrogate microorganisms during testing.



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