Scientists at the University of South Dakota's Biomedical Research Program have recently incorporated a new N-halamine monomer (N-chloro-2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-4-piperidinyl methacrylate) into a polymer which can easily be used in paints. This new isoform of N-halamine, a compound which has already been used as a disinfectant to a limited extent, shows signs of being able to kill off the dreaded “superbugs,” or drug-resistant bacteria. This polymer also demonstrates the ability to destroy some viruses and fungi. Other advantages to this polymer include its retained potency for a relatively long duration, ease of monitoring with a simple potassium iodine/starch test, and it’s “rechargeable” with a straightforward chlorination process. Plus, it doesn’t interfere with the quality of latex paints, so hospitals can finally get fun, colorful paint schemes instead of that morbid, death-inducing white they always use.