Turkish researchers develop cancer diagnosis chip

Ankara: Turkish scientists have developed a technology that can diagnose cancer cells from body fluids such as saliva, blood, phlegm or urine, Radio Pakistan reported.

According to the Anadolu news agency, Director of Middle East Technical University (ODTU) Center of Excellence in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (BIOMATEN), said the project’s international patent application would soon to be finalized through ODTU Technopark.

Turkish scientists Dr. Hasirci, and Dr. Menekse Ermis Sen’s aim is to sidestep traditional diagnosis systems i.e; biopsies, raising cost-efficiency and decreasing diagnosis times.

He said the micro-patterned technology developed on ecological surfaces initially displayed a cellular response to biological processes in cancerous and non-cancerous cells, allowing them to measure the changes.

They also began to research the reasons that triggered changes in the shape of cells and researched links between the shape, property and type of cells.

Hasirci said they primarily began research on a cancer investigation chip for osteoma — bony, benign tumors — but added they are now looking at breast cancer cells, comparing healthy tissues to different cancerous cells.


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