New Test for Oral Cancer to be Developed by UK Researchers, Funded by the NIH

Battery-powered analyzer would read nano-biochips that hold brush biopsies from the mouths of patients
The nano-biochips are disposable and can be placed into the analyzer like a credit card. The breakthrough test is being designed to diagnosis for early signs of oral cancer in minutes, versus current testing methods that require an off-site laboratory to process results. The research team, which includes scientists at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will receive $2 million US from the National Institutes of Health to develop the test. The testing device will incorporate the latest advanced technologies, including microchip design, microfluidics, and image analysis. Future research projects could be in the works for this test, including creating tests for the diagnosis and management of diabetes and other diseases.

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