An Irish musical instrument could be used in the future by surgeons to treat everything from cuts to cancer.

A French scientist living in Ireland has helped to develop a groundbreaking method of measuring stress on human skin and organs by studying the Bodhrán.

According to the Irish Times Professor Michel Destrade from the University of Galway was originally using cling film in his experiments when his wife suggested the Bodhrán instead.

He hopes that his research, which is being carried out in conjunction with Harvard and the University of Sheffield, could be used in hospitals within years.

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