Sunday, January 29, 2006

Nanolaser Device Detects Cancer in Single Cells

I'm not sure if this will make that much of a difference. I wonder how many single cells actually go on to develop into a tumor. I'm not sure if detecting every single cell that is cancerous is wirth it at this point, perhaps when we have cheap s in the blood that can easily make use of this to eliminate the offending cell this will help.
Using an ultrafast, nanoscale semiconductor , investigators at in New Mexico, have discovered a way of rapidly distinguishing between malignant and normal cells. Moreover, this new technique has the potential of detecting cancer at a very early stage, a development that could change profoundly the way cancer is diagnosed and treated.