The latest defense against swine flu

Organic compound designed to destroy the disease

Researchers at National Taiwan University have created NTU-VirusBom, a compound designed to destroy both swine and avian flu before infections begin. It can be incorporated into hand soaps, detergents, air filters, and facemasks, and is meant to be a new defense against swine flu—which has already killed 700 people worldwide and is developing resistance to Tamiflu, the primary drug used to treat the disease. VirusBom should hit the market just as outbreaks are expected to intensify at the beginning of fall.