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Dinamo: Imec Team Works Toward Early Cancer Detection in the Form of Nanodiamond Particles



10/30/2013 7:47:35 AM

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Nanodiamond particles (NDPs), due to their unique properties, appear to be highly promising candidates for future advances in the world of medical technology. Namely, their ability to sense the presence of biomolecules ranging from proteins to DNA, might make them highly suitable elements in the design of sophisticated bionanotech probes. Scientists at the Institute for Material Research, Imec, based in Leuven, Belgium, are currently researching the role of fluorescent NDPs in cancer detection. According to Milos Nesladek, lead researcher for Dinamo, NDPs possess the unique ability to penetrate individual cell membranes without causing them damage, remain within the cell for extended periods of time without disrupting cell functions, and change their magnetic and fluorescent properties based on their interactions with the cell environment.

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