Monday, June 29, 2009

Nanoparticle Breakthrough Could Save Million of Cancer Patients

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine has developed a nano-particle application expected to allow doctors to examine up to 100 distinct features in individual cancer cells.

This is similar to radioactive dyes that are now used to highlight organs for more traditional scanning technologies, but a whole magnitude more sensitive and therefor much more effective.

The real genius here is how this was acomplished. The team combined signal emitting molecules with composite organic-inorganic nanoparticles which boosted the signal strength and allow the team to track changes in certain proteins in cancer causing cells.

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