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Early Detection: Preventing PAIN

Researchers from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) developed the ultracompact nanomechanical sensor that can detect cancerous tumors as well as viral disease markers for HIV, hepatitis and herpes. I salute to the hard work and dedication they had… This sensor, detects the viral disease makers, which appear when the immune system responds to incurable diseases and those diseases which are hard to cure which includes HIV, Hepatitis, Herpes and many others. The sensor will also enable doctors to identify tumor markers, whose presence in the body signals the emergence and growth of cancerous tumors. The highly sensitive sensor will allow for diagnosing diseases long before they can be detected by any other method, which will pave the way for a new-generation of diagnostics, researchers said. The device, described in a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, is an optical or, more precisely, optomechanical chip. “We’ve been following the progress made in the development of micro- and nanomechanical biosensors for quite a while now and can say that no one has been able to introduce a simple and scalable technology for parallel monitoring that would be ready to use outside a laboratory,” the researchers said. “So our goal was not only to achieve the high sensitivity of the sensor and make it compact, but also make it scalable and compatible with standard microelectronics technologies,” researchers said.


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