January 17, 2009

Cancer-Detecting Chip

Judging by the rapid advancement of technology nowadays, it's no surprise that medicine is one of the fields that has benefited the most from innovation in technique and equipment. If only a few years ago, many medical devices might have seemed ripped from a science fiction novel, today, everything appears to be possible, even a microchip that can detect cancer.

Related to this issue, there is a project on a roll, SMART-BIOMEMS (Development of an integrated MEMS based DNA analysis chip with Active Flow Control Components), developing a microchip that can do DNA analysis for clinical applications such as detecting signs of cancer in the blood. This way, from a regular DNA analysis, not only the elevated costs could be eliminated, but also the possibility of human error.