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A carbon nanotube immunosensor for Salmonella

When combined with biological molecules, such as antibodies, carbon nanotubes have the potential to perform a range of new and useful functions in miniature biotechnology devices - from detecting breast cancer cells to the Penn-Alabama State team's salmonella project.

Posted: Oct 25th, 2011

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Attacking cancer cells with nanoparticles

About every three days, Colleen Alexander, a chemistry graduate student, feeds cells that cause a deadly type of brain cancer. It's a ritual that involves assessing the health of the cells under a microscope, washing away dead cells with a special solution and instilling clean medium that will nurture the living cells and generate new ones. At some point, these cells will be subjected to chemotherapy agents attached to nanoparticles made of gold.

Posted: Oct 25th, 2011

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Transparent, super-stretchy skin-like sensor

Imagine having skin so supple you could stretch it out to more than twice its normal length in any direction - repeatedly - yet it would always snap back completely wrinkle-free when you let go of it. You would certainly never need Botox.

Posted: Oct 24th, 2011

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