Intel explores nanotech tools for early disease detection

October 24, 2003 | Source: KurzweilAI

Intel is working with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to see if laser technology used to detect microscopic chip imperfections can also detect subtle traces of disease.

They hope to identify proteins in human blood serum that foretell the susceptibility, presence or prognosis of diseases such as cancer.

The laser stimulates molecules within a substance to give off a spectrum of light that can be detected by sensors in a Raman spectrometer.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center press release