Cancer Forums and News by PhD's


News | Forums Register

Go Back   Cancer Forums and News by PhD's > Cancer Forums and News

Cancer News

Breast
Colon
Kidney
Leukemia
Liver
Lung
Melanoma
Mesothelioma
Myeloma
Neck
Pancreatic
Prostate


Cancer Review

Breast
Colon
Kidney
Leukemia
Liver
Lung
Melanoma
Mesothelioma
Myeloma
Pancreatic
Prostate


 
Tiny Transistors Scout for Cancer -- Service 2003 (325): 3 -- ScienceNOW
By raja at 2007-01-27 04:24
Tiny Transistors Scout for Cancer -- Service 2003 (325): 3 -- ScienceNOW

Nanotechnology is a field still largely in its infancy but promises a revolutionary influence in a variety of different fields right from the food industry to aerospace to everything. It refers to the design of materials and devices in the scale of nanometers. Being able to manipulate matter at such extremely small scales leads to several benifits in the larger scale like for example stronger fibers for bullet-proof vests or faster computer chips. A very good description of nanotechnology can be found here. The level of funding for nanotechnology in the Unites States and the rest of the world has grown exponentially in the past several years and will continue to grow.

Cancer research is certainly one of the fields that could use more tools for early detection of occurances and treatment. Researchers at the lab of Dr. Charles Lieber at Harvard University have recently developed a nanoscale transistor that detects cancer. They tested their device agains prostrate and colorectal cancer and it was 100 times more sensitive than commercially available diagnostic methods. This approach promises to be a reliable early detection tool and should be out in the market soon.

A description of the method they used is available in the article below.

 

Article:

NEW ORLEANS--Nanoscale electronics experts are often ribbed for making circuitry that microchip companies already make millions of times better. But at the American Chemical Society meeting here yesterday, researchers described a nanoscale device that does something microchips can't touch: tracking proteins indicative of two different forms of cancer. Down the road, arrays of such sensors could allow doctors to instantly screen patients for multiple diseases....

[via Tiny Transistors Scout for Cancer -- Service 2003 (325): 3 -- ScienceNOW]:



1870 reads

 
Search

sponsored links




Donate


Newsletter



Subscribe to our newsletter to receive info on our site or upcoming clinical trials
Email

Confirm your email address

HTML format
State

Please select the newsletters you want to sign up to:

  • Cancerfocus
    Receive updates from Cancerfocus.
  • Breast
  • Colon
  • Kidney
  • Leukemia
  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Melanoma
  • Mesothelioma
  • Myeloma
  • Neck
  • Pancreatic
  • Prostate





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:01 PM.