Biobarcoded nanoparticles, which up until now have proven useful only for detecting mutations one at a time, can be used in a multiplexed system to detect and distinguish among four different DNA sequences simultaneously
According to the findings of the Federal Institute for Risk Assesment (BfR) in Germany, nanoparticles are not the cause of the health disorders, in some cases severe, which occurred after using so-called sealing sprays.
Nanowires made of semiconductor materials are being used to make prototype lasers and light-emitting diodes with emission apertures roughly 100 nm in diameter?about 50 times narrower than conventional counterparts.
Bombarding a carbon nanotube with electrons causes it to collapse with such incredible force that it can squeeze out even the hardest of materials, much like a tube of toothpaste, according to an international team of scientists
Researchers have developed a novel magnetic semiconductor that may greatly increase the computing power and flexibility of future electronic devices while dramatically reducing their power consumption.
Malignant cells are notorious for their ability to break away from a tumor, migrate to other seemingly targeted locations in the body, and establish new tumors, called metastases. The biochemical signals that guide tumor cell migration are poorly understood, but efforts to find those signals should receive a boost thanks to a new microfluidics device designed specifically to track how breast cancer cells move in response to chemical signals.
One of the unique features of nanoscale materials is that they are often of the same size as most biomolecules, and thus can be used to study intracellular biochemistry without themselves having much of an impact on normal cellular function. Now, an international team led by investigators at McGill University has taken advantage of the small size of quantum dots to create a nanoscale device that can report on the oxidative conditions within a cell.
One of the major goals of cancer nanotechnology research is to develop nanoparticles that deliver cancer imaging agents and anticancer drugs specifically to tumors. Two new reports highlight new approaches to creating targeted nanoscale devices for diagnostic and therapeutic applications in cancer.