nanoscience pushing back frontiers of medicine — discovers cancer softness

squamous cell carcinoma

squamous cell carcinoma


Nano breakthrough in cancer detection: study


“A nano-scale tool that distinguishes soft cancerous cells from stiffer normal ones could save lives by making it easier to diagnose cancer, according to a study released Sunday.

“Using atomic force microscopes, a team of US scientists showed for the first time that the surface of living cancer cells were more than 70 percent softer than their healthy counterparts.

“This measurable difference in elasticity held true across lung, breast and pancreatic cancers, and could provide a powerful means of detecting malignant cells that might otherwise escape notice, said the study, published in the British journal Nature Nanotechnology.

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“The researchers discovered that malignant cells — verified as cancerous by other means — were four times as soft as normal tissue across all three types of cancer examined.

“‘Our work shows that mechanical analysis can distinguish cancerous cells from normal ones even when they show similar shapes,'” . . . (full article)

Image credit: Biomedical image awards 2006

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Newcomb’s commentary: “The different branches of science combine to demonstrate that the universe in its entirety can be regarded as one gigantic process, a process of becoming, of attaining new levels of existence and organization, which can properly be called a genesis or an evolution.” Thomas Huxley



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