Nanowires to detect cancer on a molecular level

Posted on Monday, Sep 26 2005 @ 07:51 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Nano technology has many great applications and here's an example of a splendid use of nanotechnology in the healthcare sector to provide a technique that is significantly better than everything else that exists today.

It's a nanowire which can detect the presence of cancer in the body on a molecular level. Researchers from Hardvard University say the device can indicate the presence of cancer markers even when they only constitute one hundred-billionth of the protein present in a drop of blood. In addition it's also able to pinpoint which type of cancer the patient has with an amazing speed.
"A nanowire array can test a mere pinprick of blood in just minutes, providing a nearly instantaneous scan for many different cancer markers. It's a device that could open up substantial new possibilities in the diagnosis of cancer and other complex diseases."
Find out more over at Medicalnewstoday.


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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