Combination Nanotech and NMR Detects Cancer


mgh1Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Systems Biology (CSB) are developing a new diagnostic platform that incorporates nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) with nanotechnology to detect microscopic cell particles in a blood sample. These cell particles, or microvesicles, in the blood are shed by cancer cells and may be the key to spotting and diagnosing cancer. Nanotechnology can magnetically label these tiny microvesicles to detect presence of tumors in the body. The study has found that microvesicles are extremely reliable biomarkers and researchers are working on improving a microfluidic NMR system to help in its detection.

(Source: NanoWerk)

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