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Researchers develop anti-viral textiles

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Nov '09
South Korean researchers have claimed to have developed anti-viral textiles that can sterilize hazardous viruses like H1N1 and avian influenza. This fabric has been developed at the research department of the Chonbuk National University.

The research team, led by veterinary professor Chang Hyung-kwan of the university said that, the effectiveness of the new materials has been supported by laboratory tests carried out by the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Services.

While 10 rats injected with an influenza virus through ordinary filter were all dead, those infected through another filter made with the new textile showed no biological changes except for a slight decrease in weight.

In separate tests by the research team, the material also proved to be effective in deactivating other viruses. Following the new discovery, the team has registered patents of the textile, hoping them to be widely used for protective masks, medical clothes and air filters.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


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