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Polymer Adhesive Enables Development of Life-Saving Insect Repellent

Posted on 8/20/2018 3:11:36 PM By ASC
  

Mosquito-borne diseases like Yellow Fever and Malaria still kill thousands of people every year. The best way to combat these illnesses is to ensure that you don’t get bitten by a mosquito in the first place, but traditional insect-repellent products don’t offer enough protection to guarantee this. Now, researchers have come up with a long-lasting and highly-effective mosquito repellent that provides protection for up to 72 hours.

The pesticide-free product doesn’t wash off, but because skin replaces itself, it will slough off with dead skin cells after a time. It uses natural ingredients like citronella, but the secret to its success lies in the polymer adhesive that makes it so long-lasting.

The innovative product recently won a Harvard Business School competition that grants $80,000 in funding, and its inventors hope to fund distribution of the repellent in third world countries through sales made in the USA.  Commercial sales are expected to commence early in 2019.



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