Getting A Grip On Cancer Cells With A Microscopic Velcro | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation
Velcro–which was first inspired by tiny burrs clinging to a Swedish scientist’s clothes–has moved to a new and important realm: cancer. Researchers at UCLA are refining a method to capture and analyze rogue cancer cells using a Velcro-like technology that works on the nanoscale. Their new device can detect, isolate, and analyze single cancer cells from a patient’s blood.
Researchers have long recognized that circulating tumor cells play an important role in spreading cancer to other parts of the body. When the cells can be analyzed and identified early, they can offer clues to how the disease may progress in an individual patient–and how to best tailor a personalized cancer treatment.