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Tuned-Laser Decontamination  
  Process to destroy foreign biomolecules within the body.  

Traveling between worlds, you need a way to make sure that you do not bring contaminants with you.

Mary stripped naked...and went through the tuned-laser decontamination process, coherent beams at precise wave-lengths passing through her flesh to zap foreign molecules within her body. Already, similar devices were being built in Mary's world to treat many forms of infection. Sadly, though, since tumors were made of the patient's own cells, this process couldn't cure cancers, such as the leukemia that had taken Ponter's wife, Klast, two years ago...

The lasers danced over - and through - Mary's body until the square light above the door changed color, signaling that she should leave.

From Hybrids (Neanderthal Parallax), by Robert J. Sawyer.
Published by Tor in 2003
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