Gallery: Dime-Sized Cancer Detector Also Recognizes HIV


Working on top of technology that was developed four years ago at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, researchers have developed a dime-sized instrument that is able to detect cancer and HIV in patients. The tiny device is capable of quickly detecting cancer cells that may have spread to other parts of a patient’s body using a 1-milliliter sample of blood. Researchers believe this device could be developed to help doctors inexpensively biopsy patients in developing countries where more costly diagnostic equipment is not available.

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