SEED can potentially be utilized for improving quality and uniformity of pharmaceutical products as well as inhibiting toxic growth contamination in manufactured products such as compounded drugs.
Background: On October 16, 2012 a fungus contamination inside a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy led to a lethal outbreak that eventually sickened 233 people in 15 states and resulted in 16 deaths.
Per the DNA Breathing Dynamics in the Presence of a Terahertz Field study, it is known that damage to a fungal cell’s DNA1 inhibits that fungus’ ability to reproduce for, as a result of damaged DNA, the cell’s unable to transfer the necessary genetic code to the RNA2, which is essential to protein manufacturing within that cell.
Consequently, radiation of cells will lead to DNA damage and, thus, eventual cellular death. THz radiation delivered as wavelengths resonant to DNA absorption will, with proper modulation, destroy fungal, bacterial and viral DNA and, accordingly, destroy all cell activity. This application has tremendous pharmaceutical ‘targeting’ potential given the fact that THz radiation will only be absorbed by the particular cellular component resonant at the excitation wavelength of the incident THz wave.