Contact: Lee Siegel
University of Utah
Caption: The commercial version of the LouseBuster -- invented at the University of Utah and now sold by Larada Sciences of Salt Lake City -- is improved over the prototype. Compared with the original, the new version (shown here) is quieter, can be plugged into standard electrical outlets and has an applicator with 28 cone-shaped tips that do not get tangled in hair. The device sells for $2,000 to $2,500 and also can be leased for use in schools, medical clinics, camps and delousing businesses. Such businesses provide LouseBuster treatments for $125 to $275 per person.
Credit: Sarah Bush, University of Utah.
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