WPI team taking optical device from the lab to the clinic to detect cancer much earlier

In a paper in Nature Scientific Reports, researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) show how optical tweezers, which use beams of light to grip and manipulate tiny objects, including cells, can be miniaturized, opening the door to creating devices small enough to be inserted into the bloodstream to trap individual cancer cells and diagnose cancer in its earliest stages. The researchers replaced bulky lenses with optical fibers to make the device smaller and more portable. …read more

Source: EurekAlert

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