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March 30th, 2010

Revolutionizing cancer diagnosis

Abstract:
Who would think that a microchip small enough to fit in your BlackBerry could diagnose cancer? Lead investigators professor Shana Kelley from the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, and Ted Sargent, Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology, have developed a dime-sized chip that detects cancer type and severity 10 times faster than current practice. It has already been tested on prostate cancer, and researchers are now exploring its application on a variety of other diseases including HIV and H1N1 flu. Fast and inexpensive, the microchip is expected to reach doctors' offices within the next few years.

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