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October 31st, 2005

Shrinking the war on cancer

Michael Cima's wife referred to the meetings as his "Wednesday poker nights," but, to the chemical engineer, they were more like cram sessions for a college exam. Cima had never done cancer research before, but every Wednesday for months he met with some of the top scientists in the field including a Nobel Prize winner.

Cima may have been hazy on the details of cancer biology, but he had an idea that impressed the high-powered group from MIT and Harvard Medical School: creating a microchip that could detect various types of cancer far earlier than current tests. The chip would use incredibly tiny objects called nanoparticles to look for the earliest signs of cancer -- from inside the patient.


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