1. Flashlight-Sized Probe Can Spot Cancer Cells in Real Time

    Flashlight-Sized Probe Can Spot Cancer Cells in Real Time

    Malignant tumor strongholds and their microscopic spies can’t hide in the thicket of flesh much longer, for surgeons have a new weapon: a device that sheds light on their location. Literally. “Any state of disease will alter the cells and molecules in our body,” said Dr. Stephen Boppart, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois who invented the device. Every molecule scatters light different ways, he said, “leaving a distinct optical scattering signature.” The new device senses cancer cells’ unique signatures, letting surgeons know which areas around the tumor are cancerous and which are safe to leave ...

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    1. Any state of disease will alter the cells and molecules in our body...leaving a distinct optical scattering signature.” The new device senses cancer cells’ unique signatures, letting surgeons know which areas around the tumor are cancerous and which are safe to leave alone.
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