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A pioneering treatment that uses microwaves could one day be used to combat human papillomavirus (HPV) - the most common STI.
Scottish scientists hope the treatment will kill precancerous cells in the cervix and genital warts caused by the deadly virus.
Device - Microwave - Manufacturer - Emblation - Dose
The device, designed by microwave manufacturer Emblation, emits a low dose of energy - sparking an aggressive immune response.
Trials have already proven the innovative method works in the treatment of verrucas, which can also be caused by HPV.
Microwave - Treatment - Heat - Women
It is hoped the new microwave treatment, which produces heat up to 50°C (122°F), would be non-invasive to women.
Current treatment for cervical precancerous cells can be painful and involves laser surgical removal of diseased tissue. There is also a risk this can be missed.
Laboratory - Tests - Collaboration - Experts - Glasgow
Laboratory tests, in collaboration with experts at Glasgow University’s MRC-Centre for Virus Research, are now underway to study the effect of microwaves.
If proven successful, the research could also combat bovine papillomavirus - a cause of equine euthanasia that strikes seven per cent of horses in Europe.
Professor - Sheila - Graham - Glasgow - University
Professor Sheila Graham, from Glasgow University, said: 'We are delighted to be working with Emblation to test their microwave device.
'We plan to assess if the device can disrupt HPV and whether there is an effect on HPV-infected pre-cancerous and cancerous tissues.
'The - Project - Microwave - Device - Potential
'The project will validate the microwave device’s clinical potential but will also shed new light on how HPV-associated diseases arise.
Microwave treatments were used more than 10,000 times across the UK last year to treat verrucas, figures show.
Dr - Matt - Kidd - Director - Research
Dr Matt Kidd, director of research and development at Emblation, added the new project is an 'exciting opportunity' to test microwave treatment on HPV.
He said: 'Our device has the potential to address...
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