Foam shows effectiveness in killing anthrax

A type of foam capable of killing deadly organisms that could be used in a terrorist attack was recently developed by Sandia National Laboratories.

The foam is made of three components that are commonly found in household items like toothpaste and hair conditioner and is safe to touch, according to

When concentrated, the material is a powerful tool that can help to protect the United States from one of the world’s deadliest biological agents.

“We were able to come up with a very effective decontaminate for anthrax,” Sandia National Laboratories Chemical Engineer Mark Tucker said, reports.

Tucker helped to develop a previous version of the foam that was used to kill anthrax spores in Senate office buildings in Washington, D.C., and several buildings in New York City. Tucker was approached to create the material only days after the attacks on September 11, 2001.

Tucker’s team is currently addressing the issue of how to locate, collect samples and kill anthrax in a more widespread area. He said the problem was brought to light after shipments of the previous foam had been sent throughout the country.

“A sampling team takes two devices in with them,” Tucker said, according to

Versions of the compound have also been used to create solutions to kill various kinds of mold.