Article #1, Wei Chen, professor of physics and co-director of UT Arlington’s Center for Security Advances Via Applied Nanotechnology, was working to create a luminescent nanoparticle to use in radiation detection may have instead happened upon an advance in photodynamic cancer therapy. Article #2 states that new research from Finland suggests in the not-too-distant future we may be making rapid, early diagnoses of prostate cancer using a noninvasive electronic nose that sniffs a urine sample.
1) New Nanoparticle Created for Cancer Therapy (20 April 2014 – 12am)
“Because Chen also is leading federally funded cancer research, he knew he had found something unique. Testing revealed that the Cu-Cy nanoparticles, combined with X-ray exposure, significantly slowed tumor growth in lab studies”.
This figure from the paper shows the X-ray destruction of human breast cancer cells using Cu-Cy particles. The images show the live cancer cells stained green and the dead cells stained red! Full Story: New Nanoparticle Created for Cancer Therapy
2) ‘eNose’ Sniffs Out Prostate Cancer Shows Promise (2 May 2014 – 8am)
“In a report of their proof of principle study in the Journal of Urology, researchers from the University of Tampere describe how the “eNose” successfully differentiated between prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) by analyzing the “smell print” of the headspace of a urine sample (the air immediately above the urine)”. The team says the results from the eNose are comparable to those obtained from prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests! Full Story: ‘eNose’ that sniffs out prostate cancer shows promise
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